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 month of guiding and instruction. The guides are none other than Ed Ward, Scott O’Donnell and Mike McCune. Simply put, they love the Ronde and the steelhead it sustains.
Originally built as a private home for legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival vocalist John Fogerty, Speywater Lodge is a seasonal flash in the pan that operates as a lodge for less than 30 days a season. This comfortable home is the ultimate hub from which to fish the Ronde in late October and early November.
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 with the same guide crew are also 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.
Speywater Lodge Accommodations and Meals:
The lodge is located on the river near the town of Troy. Originally built as a custom home for Credence Clearwater Revival’s lead singer John Fogerty, Speywater Lodge sleeps six anglers in double occupancy rooms with shared baths. While not fancy, Speywater Lodge is comfortable and homey. Meals at the lodge always receive rave reviews.
The mobile river camps consist of two seven man 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 guide Scott O’Donnell is 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, a towel 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 Boggan’s Oasis 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.