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Fishing in Northeast Oregon
by Mac Huff, Eagle Cap
Oregon has some of the West's great, undiscovered fishing
areas. The Grande Ronde is one
of Northeast Oregon's most productive steelhead and trout
fisheries. The Imnaha is a fast-flowing, freestone
river in spectacular basalt canyons. The Wallowa is a small,
floatable river which flows through the heart of the beautiful
Wallowa Valley is a rich freestone river with choking hatches
of caddis flies.
Trout fishing in northeast Oregon this year during June has
exceeded all expectations. June is always a productive month
to fly fish local rivers and consistently produced fish over
15 inches, but this month more than half of the fish hooked
have been 15 inches or larger.
These results are not precisely predicable, but they are
not a surprise either, they are simply what I always hope for.
Our dry winter and thin snowpack did not produce any
substantial runoff during May and June. For most of that
period the rivers were at about half of average flow. The
benefit is that many more of the anadromous strain of fish
remain in the rivers as "trout" and predicably gives us great
fishing, although the size of fish available during any given
year varies considerably.
Fishing results this month are a harbinger of excellent
fishing through the remaining summer months.
Eagle Cap Fishing Guides will take you fishing in the
Grande Ronde, Wallowa, Imnaha, Minam and Wenaha rivers, or
alpine lakes in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Join John Sullivan
and Orvis Endorsed Guide Mac Huff on a day to a week fishing
adventure for Pacific steelhead, rainbow trout, bull trout,
and smallmouth bass on one of writer Zane Grey's favorite
For the adventuresome, Eagle Cap Fishing Guides also offers
guided fishing trips on many of Wallowa County's smaller and
more isolated streams -- Bear Creek, the Lostine, and Minam --
as well as float tube, horse pack, and fly-in trips into the
Eagle Cap Wilderness. After which you are able to hike to
numerous "Hot Spots" in the Lakes Basin, which is a
breathtaking series of more than 20 alpine lakes high up in
the Wallowa Mountains.
Learn more about Eagle Cap Fishing
Guides and our scheduled and custom trips on the web by logging into:
www.eaglecapfishing.com. Or, contact us at 1-800-940-3688.