I just got back from two days of bass fishing on the Grande Ronde. I went there to help out my friends Bill and Farrel at Boggan's Oasis. I thought I was doing a fly fishing trip. It turned out to be a conventional gear trip. I have to say, though, that it was a bunch of fun. Steve R. was from Missouri, and his Brother-In-Law and son, Jim and John, were from Sisters, OR. The catching was very, very good. The size of the bass ranged from about 9 inches up to about 16 inches. And we missed a few that appeared to be bigger. We also saw a couple of rainbows that were very nice. Let's say around 15" nice.
The Ronde is very low. It was about 650 cfs. while I was there. I floated from Cougar to Boggan's the first day, and Boggan's to Shumaker the second day. The second day of catching was better than the first, but both were great. I am not even going to estimate the number of bass... I do not count fish, so I lost count after about 5 or 6. My guests estimated somewhere around 60 the first day. Black and Crawdad colors were key. For any of you that are interested in smallmouth bass, give us a call and we can get you set-up for a one or multi-day trip on the Grande Ronde. Lodging will be provided by Boggan's. I also want you to know that we can do it your way. If your way is a spinning reel and rod - no problem.
Clint was taking people fishing on the Methow while I was fishing the Ronde. The Methow is low @385 cfs. this morning at Twisp. The catching has been consistent. Mostly adipose clipped rainbows. However, I was out yesterday evening with my friend Ken. I released a beautiful 16 or 17 inch cutthroat that I caught on a sz. 14 Yellow Sally pattern. We may see "HOOT OWL" yet.
See ya on the river, Griff's