If the name of this lodge seems biased, wait until you meet the guides! Located on the Grande Ronde River, near Troy, Oregon, this low key, high value operation is where some of the Northwest’s finest steelheaders and spey casters congregate for a final seasons of guiding and instruction. Renowned spey instructor, Scott O'Donnell, heads a crew of diehard steelhead guides who love the Ronde and the steelhead it sustains. As much a spey casting and fishing school as a hard-charging guiding operation, this is the best place we know of to learn the art of spey casting and improve your swing fishing skills. Now offering three distinct options on different sections of river and encompassing multiple seasons, Speywater Lodge continues to improve and impress.
Limited to six anglers per week, this is not only an operation that prides itself on fishing hard, but also a place where anglers can learn a great deal about steelhead fly fishing and the art of spey casting. Often described as a miniature Deschutes or a tiny replica of the Thompson, the Ronde has cast its spell on many of the sport’s most distinguished steelheaders and spey casters. We invite you to join their ranks.
Multi-day guided floats are available on the lower river in September and October. If you want to maximize your time on the water or see more of the river, we highly suggest this outstanding camp trip option.
Speywater Lodge Location:
Speywater Lodge is located on the Grande Ronde River outside of Troy, Oregon.
Speywater Lodge Fishing Program:
The Grande Ronde is a Columbia River tributary and considered one of the best late season Steelhead rivers in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the month of October, the Ronde is as good a dry fly and greased line fishery as exists. As the season progresses and water temperatures drop in November, anglers spend more time fly fishing light type III and IV sink tips. The fly fishing can remain excellent through late November and later if water conditions permit. Grande Ronde steelhead are known for their willingness to move to a fly and range from 5 to 14 pounds, with the average fish typically weighing in around 8 pounds. Rafts are employed to access water, but all fishing is done while wading.
New for the 2015 season, Speywater Lodge is offering three day float trips targeting smallmouth bass. Beginning in early June and continuing through the summer, these trips are sure to please anglers of all skill levels and experience. The early months of June and July offer big water and large bass that can run to three pounds. Once the water drops in late July the catching remains good for bass in the one to two pound range, providing exceptional sport for the entire family.
Speywater Lodge Accommodations and Meals:
Speywater Lodge: Located on a productive stretch of the Grande Ronde upstream of Troy, Oregon this comfortable lodge is the ultimate hub from which to fish the Ronde in October and November. Guests stay in double occupancy rooms with shared baths and meals are eaten in the lodge.
Float Trips: The mobile river camps consist of stand up tents with large vestibules to accommodate two anglers each and a twelve by fourteen foot wall tent for dining. Anglers move downstream in three self bailing rafts. All trips are geared for six anglers. Head guides are assisted by an all-star crew of guides, chefs and camp managers. All you'll have to worry about is fishing! Note: All float trip participants need to bring their own sleeping bag and pad and a headlamp.
Speywater Lodge Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Speywater Lodge.
Days 2-4: Full days of guided fishing.
Day 5: Depart lodge.
Grande Ronde Float Trip Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Speywater Lodge in afternoon or evening and overnight.
Day 2: Put on the river after breakfast and fish all day. Camp on the river.
Days 3 – 4: Full days guided fishing, camping on the river each night.
Day 5: Reach the take-out near Lewiston, Idaho in late afternoon or early evening.
Day 6: Depart Lewiston for home.