Everyone in this part of the country has heard of and likely fished the Grande Ronde, mostly below Troy or just above until the road disappears up the side of the hill. The unseen and hardly fished Wild and Scenic section is left virtually untapped and the fish seem to relax a bit once past the boat ramp making for some of the most pristine steelhead fly angling the Pacific NW has to offer. No crowds, lots of fish and unmolested wilderness all amount to a dream-like experience.
This season was and still is an amazing year for the Columbia River drainage as far as returning steelhead and the Grande Ronde was just one of many benefactors of that return. 5 anglers in 4 days hooked over 50 fish in a very relaxed manner of fishing, knowing no other anglers were racing to poach the bucket while they admired wild mountain goats or enjoyed breakfast and coffee.