5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip

5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip
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Regular price $3,500.00 Per Person

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Season Jun-Oct
Activity Dry Fly, Nymph and Streamer Fishing, Spey Fishing
Target Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, Smallmouth Bass
Access Float
Price / Day $700.00
# Guests 4 - 8

Looking for an adventure that combines the thrill of fly fishing with the beauty of the great outdoors? Look no further than our 4-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde river fly fishing trip!

The Grande Ronde River is home to some of the most sought-after fish species in the western United States. Early summer is the prime time to catch rainbow trout, while fall brings Steelhead to the river. During the early summer, we'll be running the trip during the peak golden stone fly season. And in the fall, we'll be there for the peak October caddis hatch.

This is a 40-mile roadless section which is best run in 4 or 5 days. We will be working over water more thoroughly with the 5-day option to optimize your fishing experience. We will also encounter some white water making this trip fun and exciting.

But it's not just about the fishing – the Grande Ronde River also offers stunning natural beauty, including unique geology, flora, and fauna. And when the day is done, you'll be able to relax under the stars with world-class camping.

Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting out, our 5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde river fly fishing trip is perfect for anyone who wants to unplug and recharge in nature. This journey allows all of us the ability to build a deeper connection with the places we guide. And with the chance to catch wild big trout by day and tell stories next to the fire with a stiff cocktail swapping stories about all the fish you thought you should have landed each night, you'll leave with memories to last a lifetime.

So grab your family and friends and join us for an unforgettable journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime! We look forward to sharing these experiences with you.

*Price listed is Per Person in group, call us to customize your trip.
Listed price does not include a customary 15-20% tip.

Targeting Steelhead with Spey

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We are the only outfitter that targets steelhead exclusively with spey rods on the Lower Salmon.   We believe the process of fishing a swung fly will have a deep impact on your life.  The process allows all of us the ability to build a deeper connection with the places we guide.  We look forward to sharing these experiences with you.

You can expect to fish 5 to 7 runs in a day or areas on the river that carry a swung fly across the current.  There is nothing like catching a steelhead on a swung fly, but the journey is a commitment. 

We refer to steelhead as “Unicorns” because of the scarcity within our ecosystems.  They are aggressive and large which makes the fight particularly memorable and rewarding. With steelhead fishing, success is not measured in high catch rates rather success is measured in the innate ability to stick with the process. 

Oftentimes, multiple days are required to hook a steelhead on a swung fly, but the rush and effort of battling a steelhead are worth the effort after dedicating hard-earned time to the grab.  Even when a fish is lost after a grab, that sensation will be engrained in your memory. 

As they say, it is better to have swung and lost than to have never swung at all. Swinging for steelhead is more about the journey, listening to and feeling the river, playing with physics in nature, observing wildlife, feeling alive with the cold air and warm sun, accepting whatever conditions are in the moment.   When preparation meets opportunity and the fish grabs the fly,  the experience will be unforgettable and euphoric (all that time you put in, finally paid off!)

 

All About Spey (and Swinging Flies)

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White Pine targets steelhead using a swung fly with spey rods.  Spey rods are two handed rods and very in length, the rods we use vary from 12.6’-16’.  Many lines  are used for the modern spey rod set up, the types depend on the season, angler skill set, and water conditions.  We primarily use three set ups:

  • Skagit (heads are short) they carry large weighted flies with a verity of sink tips, requiring stripping more running lines between casts. 
  • Scandi lines are slightly longer heads that carry light poly tips and medium/small flies well, require less stripping running lines between casts.
  • Mid belly lines carry poly leaders and a variety of tips with small/medium sized flies well while requiring minimal stripping between casts.

The mechanics of the cast involve roughly 80% power coming from the lower hand pulling and 20% power coming from the upper hand pushing to throw line almost perpendicular to main river current. 

The current then pulls the fly line down river in a sweeping motion (the swing) until the fly line is parallel with the bank.   At the end of the "swing", the angler strips in the running line while taking a couple steps down river and repeats the process.

With this method the fly is presented to the fish in a broadside fashion.  We are searching for a fish willing to move and grab a swung fly. 

The formula is simple: 

  • Cast
  • Swing 
  • Step 
  • Repeat

Until .... Grab... and Grin!

When a steelhead grabs a swung fly all things in life come together and seem to make more sense.  Don’t overthink it, put in the time, smile often and love the process.  Yes, it takes grit and focus to hook a steelhead but most things in life worth getting hooked on demand the desire to stick with it mentality.

 

Multi-Day Expedition Camps

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Discover a camping experience like no other with White Pine Outfitters, where we redefine outdoor living on the river. What sets us apart is our specialization in fall and winter camping, offering a unique and serene adventure that stands out from the rest.

A glimpse of fall camping on the Grande Ronde River with White Pine Outfitters.

In the crisp embrace of fall and winter, our guests enjoy the ultimate comfort in 4-season specialty tents equipped with cots and heaters. Unlike traditional camping, we bring you warmth and coziness, ensuring a restful night's sleep amidst the tranquility of the season. Our outfitter wall tent becomes a welcoming haven, heated by a wood stove—ideal for drying gear and escaping the cool winter air.

The glow of the guide/kitchen wall tent next to the Grande Ronde River and amongst the stars.

But it's not just about the accommodation; it's a culinary journey. Our guides are experts in crafting unique and gourmet meals, providing you with the sustenance needed to fully immerse yourself in fishing or hunting. Indulge in delectable dishes that fuel your adventures and elevate your camping experience to new heights. White Pine Outfitters invites you to savor the solitude of fall and winter, combining unparalleled camping comfort with the thrill of outdoor exploration.

Guide Kaleb Bass, serving dinner on a multi day river trip on the Grande Ronde River.

 

Itinerary - 5-Day Wallowa and Grande Ronde River Fishing Trip

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Night Before your Trip

  • 6:00 PM - Meet at Terminal Gravity Brewery for a pre trip meeting suds and dinner at the brewery 
  • Dry bags will be distributed and last minute questions you may have will be answered.
  • Pack your bags for the trip back at the Wilderness Inn hotel in Enterprise OR
  • Any last minute things can be picked up at Safeway in Enterprise

Day 1

  • Eat breakfast at hotel 
  • Leave the Hotel at 7:00 am depending on trip for the shuttle drive put in.  (Approximate driving time 1:00 hour)
  • Trip launches 9:00 am
  •  Lunch on the river
  • Approximate river miles 5-9 on Day One
  • Arrive at our first nights camp and enjoy a great dinner prepared by the crew

Day 2 

  • Coffee at 6:00 am
  • Warm breakfast in camp 7:00 am
  • Pack-up personal gear/ help crew breaks down camp
  • On the water by 9:00 am
  • A day of fun on the river (lunch on the river)
  • Approximate river miles: 5-9 miles depending on season and weather
  • Off water 4:00 pm
  • Cocktails and appetizers at 5:00 pm
  • Dinner at 6:00 pm

Day 3

  • Coffee at 6:00 am
  • Warm breakfast in camp 7:00 am
  • Pack-up personal gear/ help crew breaks down camp
  • On the water by 9:00 am
  • A day of fun on the river (lunch on the river)
  • Approximate river miles: 5-9 miles depending on season and weather
  • Off water 4:00 pm
  • Cocktails and appetizers at 5:00 pm
  • Dinner at 6:00 pm

Day 4

  • Coffee at 6:00 am
  • Warm Breakfast in camp at 7:00 am
  • Pack up personal gear/help crew break down camp
  • On the water by 9:00 am
  • Approximate river miles: 5-9 miles depending on season and weather
  • A fun day on the river (lunch on the river) 
  • Off water 4:00 pm
  • Cocktails and appetizers at 5:00pm
  • Dinner at 6:00 pm

    Day 5

    • Coffee at 6:00 am
    • Warm Breakfast in camp 7:00 am
    • Pack up personal gear/help crew break down camp
    • On water by 9:00 am
    • Approximate miles on the river: 6-10 miles depending on season and weather
    • Riverside lunch
    • Arrive at Powwatka Bridge take-out 2:00 - 3:00pm
    • Unload dry bags and put gear into personal rigs
    • Say goodbye to crew

      *PLEASE NOTE:

      Itineraries will vary somewhat with each trip, however the sample provided will give you an idea of what you might expect on your trip.

      Rates and Schedule - Grande Ronde Multi-Day Trips

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      The price shown on the right is per person for the full advertised number of days. 

      Price does not include guide gratuity (15-20% is customary) or fishing/hunting licenses and permits. Trips must be booked at least 120 days in advance. 

      Available launch dates are below:

      Summer - Rainbow Trout Fishing (Golden Stone Fly Hatch)

      • June 16
      • June 22
      • June 29

      Fall - Steelhead / Rainbow Trout (October Caddis)

      • September 7
      • September 13
      • September 21
      • September 28
      • October 5
      • October 12 
      • October 20

      Prepare and Pack for your Trip - Wallowa and Grande Ronde River

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      Trip Provisions

      ALL TRIP PROVISIONS

      For all trips, White Pine provides the following to each guest:

      • Coast Guard Approved/Type V Lifejacket
      • Eating utensils (including plates, bowls, and flatware)
      • Chairs 
      • Gourmet meals prepared by the crew each day


      ADDITIONAL MULTIDAY TRIP PROVISIONS

      On multiday trips, White Pine provides the following to each guest:

        • One large bag for clothing and gear
        • One small waterproof bag for personal items
        • Sleep Kit
          *If you prefer your own gear, please let us know and we can bring an extra dry bag
          • Sleeping bag
          • Sleeping pad
          • Pillow
          • Sheets
          • In Fall/Winter:
            • A wall tent with a wood burning stove for kitchen and dining.
            • 4-season 10X10 cabin tent (sleeps 2) 
            • Cots
          • In Summer:
            • A 3-season tent shared (sleeps 2)


          ADDITIONAL FISHING TRIP PROVISIONS

          On fishing specific trips trips, White Pine provides the following:

          • Flies
          • Fly rods
          • Reels
          • Nippers/other tools
          • All consumables (tippet, leader, tippet, etc)



          Preparing for your Trip

          LIABILITY WAIVER 

          Due to the potential risks of the outdoors, everyone is required to sign a standard liability release form sent in a confirmation at least thirty days before the start of your trip, acknowledging awareness of and acceptance of the risks associated with the trip you have selected. The guides and White Pine Outfitters will attempt to meet all schedules, but assume no responsibility for inconvenience or expense due to delays or changes.

          HEALTH AND AGE  You should be reasonably healthy because river trips require a certain amount of physical exertion. We suggest a minimum age appropriate for each of our specific trips. There is no upper age limit. Pregnant women and individuals with heart trouble should get physician approval before embarking on any river trip.  Persons with handicaps and challenges are welcome on our trips, we will need to talk with you to be sure we can meet your special requirements and needs for safety.

          RECOMMENDED CLOTHING (AVOID COTTON)

          Cool weather can occur on any trip regardless of the time of year, it can be quite chilly when it's overcast, breezy, or raining, even in August.  The right clothing can make your river trip comfortable even in unfavorable weather.  Clothing on a river trip must have the ability to keep you warm even if it gets wet.  Synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene, capilene, Synchilla, and polyester pile will keep you warm when wet and will dry quickly.  Wool will keep you warm when wet, but takes longer to dry.  Cotton does not keep you warm when it is wet, but it can keep you cool when it’s hot.  Warm and sunny weather is more likely to occur on a summer trip down the Salmon River, cold and rainy weather will be more likely in the fall and winter. 

          FISHING & HUNTING LICENSES

          If you plan on fishing you will need to purchase an OREGON fishing license.  

          If fishing for steelhead, purchase an additional OREGON steelhead/salmon permit. 

          Purchase these licenses online at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before your trip and include license numbers in the liability form.  

          BEVERAGES

          Dehydration is always a concern on a river trip, thus we encourage you to drink lots of water and we ask that you bring two unbreakable water bottles that hold a minimum of one quart each.  Juice and coffee will always be available at breakfast and tea (black & herbal), and hot chocolate will be available at camp in the mornings and evenings. Gatorade mix and water will be available at all meals (including lunch) and whenever we are at camp.  White Pine Outfitters provides limited amounts of beer and soda (approximately 2 cans per person per day).  You may bring as much additional beer and soda as you want, but we do request that you buy these in aluminum cans.  White Pine Outfitters also provides a modest amount of wine to have with dinners.  If you wish to bring your own favorite wines or if you want to bring hard liquor you are welcome to do so.  We will provide a safe place to store these glass containers.  A liquor store is located in Moscow close to the hotel and is open Monday - Saturday (Closed Sundays). Wine and beer can be purchased in any grocery store (Winco is located next to the hotel and is open 24 hours a day).

          PACK LIST

          RIVER CLOTHES & GEAR

           CAMP CLOTHES & GEAR

          ALL SEASONS

          ☐ Sunglasses+Croakies
          ☐ Quart unbreakable water bottle (2)
          ☐ Unbreakable coffee cup
          ☐ Wool and synthetic layers. (Sweaters and or jackets)
          ☐ Rain / Waterproof coat and pants (tested and proven)
          ☐ Walking shoes, or light boots
          ☐ Tennis shoes or "all terrain" sandals, secured to feet
          ☐ Sunhat, visor or cap
          ☐ Wool or synthetic socks
          ☐ Waterproof sunscreen & lip balm
          ☐ Neck Gaiter
          ☐ Long pants and long ☐ Sleeved shirt
          ☐ Wool / Synthetic
          ☐ Stocking Cap

            SUMMER

            ☐ Sun shirt and pants (light cotton or nylon fabric)

            ☐ Shorts ( quick drying ) and/or river skirt
            ☐ Swimsuit

            FALL
            ☐ Think clothes that will keep you warm in 20-30 deg temps
            ☐ Down puffy coat
            ☐ Wool / synthetic gloves
            ☐ Wool and synthetic base layers / long johns

              MULTI-DAY TRIPS

              ☐ Camp shoes
              ☐ Pillow case / pillow
              ☐ Toiletries (e.g small towel, feminine hygiene, handiwipes, extra hand sanitizer etc.)
              ☐ Ear plugs
              ☐ Toothbrush/paste
              ☐ Small flashlight and/or headlamp
              ☐ Spare glasses/contacts
              ☐ Extra change of synthetic clothes
              ☐ Medication*

              OPTIONAL GEAR
              ☐ Camera
              ☐ Binoculars
              ☐ Medication*
              ☐ Pen & Notebook
              ☐ Reading material

              FISHING GEAR (Fishing specific trips)

              ☐ Waders
              ☐ Fishing license
              ☐ Wading boots
              ☐ Steelhead permit
              ☐ Thick wool / synthetic sweatpants for wading
              ☐ Extra warm clothes in case you fall in the river while wading
              ☐ Wading Staff
               


              *We recommend that you separate any important medication into 2 containers and allow us to carry 1 container in our well-protected First Aid Kit.  We will need to know of any health concerns you have prior to the beginning of your trip, so we can be prepared.

              GRATUITY 

              Our guides work very hard to provide a great trip for you.  At your discretion, a tip (20%) may be left with your trip leader and will be appreciated by all of your crew.

              RESPONSIBILITY 

              White Pine Outfitters acts only in the capacity of agents for the participants in all matters relating to transportation/accommodation/and other related travel services, and assume no responsibility however caused for injury, delay, loss, or damage to person or property in connection with any service, including but not limited to that resulting directly or indirectly from acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays and expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, theft, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, government restriction or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit over which they have no control.  Prices and dates subject to change without notice.  If, as occasionally happens, we must cancel a trip because there are too few participants, we will attempt to notify you as soon as possible and suggest that you transfer to another trip.  Reasonable changes in itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of participants, including cancellations due to water fluctuations, insufficient bookings, and other factors.

              Booking Information

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              • After submitting a booking request, we will call you as soon as possible (usually within 24-48 hours) to collect information about you and your group, learn about trip intentions and goals, and answer any questions you may have.
              • We will send an email with:
                • An invoice with the total amount due for the trip. 
                • Liability forms that need to be forwarded to guests on the trip.  These are required before any client can participate in a trip.  Sign these online.
                • All licenses should be purchased and information included in the liability forms.
                • Trip specific information, including location, meet time, maps, etc.
              • After a 50% deposit is paid for the trip, or the full amount for trips less than 30 days out, we will assign a guide and block off your requested trip date.
              • After 30 days, the remaining amount on the invoice and liability forms are due.

              Cancellation Policy

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              Day Trip Cancellations

              Final payment is due 30 days before the date or your trip.

              Reservations made 30 days or less before selected date required the full payment at time of booking to confirm your date.

              All deposits are non-refundable.  

              If the trip is cancelled within 30 days of your date, you must pay for your trip. 

              Day Trip Reschedule

              If you need to reschedule your trip, please contact White Pine Outfitters by phone (208-883-3900) or email (info@whitepine-outfitters.com) as soon as possible to ensure a date is available.

              White Pine Outfitters may assess a $150 fee for rescheduling.

              Any cancellations made less than 30 days of your scheduled arrival, or you do not show on the day of your trip will result in forfeiture of the full payment.

               

              Multi-Day Trip Cancellations

              If you find it necessary to cancel your trip please notify us as soon as possible. All deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel your trip more than 120 days prior to your departure date we will retain your deposit and credit it toward a future trip with White Pine Outfitters. If you cancel 120 day or less but more than 60 days prior to your launch date you must pay 50% of the trip price. If you cancel within 60 days of your trip departure, you must pay the full trip price. This cancellation policy applies per person. We regret we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation and travel insurance (see Travel Insurance).

              Travel Insurance / Life Flight Insurance

              Your pre-trip package will provide more information on the rigors of the trip you have chosen. Even though we make every effort to insure a safe trip for everyone, we strongly recommend that you protect yourself, your belongings, and your vacation by purchasing a traveler’s insurance policy. Should you have to cancel your trip at the last minute due to illness or injury, a trip cancellation policy will cover your non-refundable payments in most cases. If you become ill or injured while on a river trip, evacuation may be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Many trip insurance policies cover such events. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance you will be asked to sign a waiver. Baggage and cameras are carried entirely at the owner’s risk, and White Pine Outfitters Inc. accepts no responsibility for lost, damaged, or delayed property. We recommend TRAVELEX.

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