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Accommodations
Comfortable Two-Person Tents
Season
September-October
Species
Steelhead
Ideal for
Solo Anglers & Friends

Multi-Day Steelhead Float Trips on the Grande Ronde River

The Grande Ronde Angler has been providing multi-day steelhead float trips on the Grande Ronde River since 1991. GRA offers anglers the opportunity to get away from the busy life and enjoy steelhead float trips on a wild and scenic river, an easy day of travel from anywhere in the Lower-48 states. GRA specializes in dry fly (skated) techniques and teaching Spey casting skills for steelhead. The trips are three or four days and include camping along the banks of the Grande Ronde River with hosts that are both friendly and knowledgeable.

Accomodation Details

Lodging Details
Camping will be on the river’s edge with two-man tents, cots, sleeping pads, hot showers, tables, chairs, etc.

Food and Beverages
Food on the river and in camp consists of deli style lunches with hearty fresh Dutch oven camp-cooked dinners and breakfasts. If you bring any alcohol, please put it in a plastic container or bring cans. Non-alcoholic drinks such as sodas and waters are provided.

Typical Length of Stay
Trips are 3 days / 2 nights (spey school) or 4 days / 3 nights. Trips originate at Boggan’s Oasis where everyone is requested to meet at 8 AM on the morning of the first day. You will float 5 to 7 miles each day while frequently getting out to swing runs. On the last day of the trip, you typically get to the take-out (either Lower Shoemaker or Heller Bar) between 4 and 5 o’clock. It’s then only an hour drive to Lewiston.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Non-angling activities include photography, hiking, and bird hunting. The area is full of great places to visit like Joseph (1 hour south of Boggans). Joseph is a bronze and arts community with amazing views of the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Wallowa Lake. The old town of Imnaha has views of the deepest gorge in North America and can be seen from Hat Point, a short drive from Joseph. Lewiston and Clarkston are a short 1-hour drive north and have access to the Snake River and offer tours into Hells Canyon. Trips in October will also allow interested guests in opportunities to upland bird hunt for huns, chuckers, quail, and grouse.

Internet / Communications
Boggan’s Oasis does have Wi-Fi and a landline to make any phone calls. However, there is no cell coverage in the area.

Travel Details

How To Get There
Guests should book flights into Lewiston, Idaho at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport (LWS) for the smoothest travel. Boggan’s Oasis is a 1-hour drive south of Lewiston, Idaho. The drive to Boggan’s Oasis is about a 6-hour drive from Seattle, 6 hours from Portland, and 6 hours from Boise. All guests will need to rent a car or arrange a shuttle with Boggans Oasis.

Arrival and Departure Details
Guests need to meet at Boggan’s Oasis at 8 AM on the morning of the first day of the trip. This is your first full day of fishing. There will then be an orientation where you will be given dry bags for packing, can set up trip shuttles for personal vehicles, and purchase fishing licenses, etc. This is also a great time to discuss trip details and get answers to any questions. There is a great run just upriver from Boggan’s Oasis that is great for swinging flies on arrival so come in early if you want to fish!

Documents Required
Washington freshwater fishing license with a steelhead tag and a Columbia River endorsement can be purchased at Boggan’s Oasis or by logging onto the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or agent@kannatravel.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.

Fishing

General Information
September and October are great times of the year for chasing steelhead on the fly, and the Grande Ronde is a fantastic river with good numbers of both wild and hatchery summer run steelhead. The early season allows for fish to be taken on the surface with a skated dry fly, and also offers an experience of solitude on the river. The river is slick and has impossible stretches to wade and fish. Your guides will put you into very user-friendly runs as you cast and step towards your next fish. GRA provides all camping gear, food, and non-alcoholic beverages, guides for every two anglers, and comfortable rafts to fish from. Other gear requests can usually be accommodated.

Boats and Equipment Required
The class of steelhead on the Grande Ronde are “A-run” with some “B-run” fish. Meaning that on the larger side you might land a 10 to 12-pound “B-run” fish, and maybe on the smaller side, you may land a 5 to 7-pound “A-run” fish. We recommend a 6 or 7 weight spey rod and a 7 or 8 weight single-handed rod. Bring floating lines, wading boots with studs, a wading staff, sunglasses, waders, and a hat for warmth and one for sun protection. Bring some wading socks as some days it gets warm and you can wet wade! A vest or fanny pack works well, as does a small dry bag while in the rafts. A headlamp and a warmer jacket for the evenings and mornings, shoes to kick around camp in, and a packable sleeping bag should also be packed for this trip. Grande Ronde Angler provides all dry bags and camping gear. The guides use both hard bottom drift boats and rafts.

Rates

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the outfitter.

2019 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
4 days / 3 nights = $2,150.00 per person
3 days / 2 nights = $1,850.00 per person (spey school)

2019 Trip Dates
Sept 21 – 24
Sept 28 – 30 (spey school)
Oct 2 – 4 (spey school)
Oct 6 – 9
Oct 11 – 14
Oct 17 – 20

What’s Included:

  • Guided fishing
  • Outfitted camping
  • Flies, tackle, etc (with advanced notice)
  • Rods/reels (with advanced notice)
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Dry bags for your belongings
  • Tents, cots, sleeping pads, outhouse, and hot shower

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation
  • Alcoholic Beverages (BYO)
  • Sleeping bags (BYO)
  • Waders and wading boots
  • Gratuities for guides/staff
  • Fishing licenses and needed tags
  • Vehicle shuttle fee

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