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 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. Speywater Lodge continues to improve and impress by offering three distinct options on different sections of river and encompassing multiple seasons.
Learn dry fly, greased line and MOW tips tactics from guides that really know the game. 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 float trip option.
Speywater Lodge is located on the Grande Ronde River outside of Troy, Oregon.
The Grande Ronde is a Snake River tributary and considered one of the most scenic, approachable and 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 five to fourteen pounds, with the average fish typically weighing in around eight pounds. Rafts are employed to access water, but all fishing is done while wading. Whether you stay at the lodge or take a float trip, we are confident you will appreciate the program, the river, and its' wild steelhead.
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, pad and head lamp.
Sample Lodge Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive at Speywater Lodge outside of Troy, Oregon between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
Days 2-4: Three full days of guided fishing. Accommodations and meals at Speywater Lodge.
Day 5: Depart lodge for home or points beyond.
Sample Float Trip Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Speywater Lodge outside of Troy, Oregon between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Organize gear into personal day pack and personal river items in dry bag provided by lodge. Arrange and pay for vehicle shuttle at lodge (not included). Overnight at the lodge.
Day 2: After breakfast, the guide will transfer you to Boggan's Oasis where you will put-in and begin your first full day of guided fishing on the Grande Ronde. Camp on the river.
Days 3– 4: Two full days of guided fishing. Overnight at different river camps.
Day 5: Fish into the afternoon and reach the take-out near Lewiston, Idaho in late afternoon or early evening. Overnight in Lewiston at your elected accommodations (independently arranged, not included).
Day 6: Depart Lewiston for home or points beyond.
Lodge: $2,130 per person for a 4 night/3 day package
Float Trip: $2,400 per person for a 4 night/4 day package
Included: Pre-float accommodations and meals at Speywater Lodge, camp accommodations and meals, camping gear, guided fishing, flies and leaders
Not Included: Round trip airfare, rental car, staff and guide gratuities, fishing licenses, alcohol, shuttle and parking fees (float trips), accommodations and meals in Lewiston, synthetic sleeping bag/pad/head lamp (float trips)
Species: Summer steelhead
Season: September to November
Capacity: 6 anglers
Map: Troy, OR