So I've purchased an 8 weight rod, 8 weight multi-tip line and reel, and now I need to decide on the place to go after steelhead. Heading over to Kennewick to visit family and, wouldn't you know it, everyone is busy with activities except me. Doing some research, looks like the Grande Rhonde should be in perfect shape last week of October (that's when I'll be there). Did anyone read the article on the Grande in FlyFisherman? I was surprised that they didn't pick the Sky or Stilly as the best Steelhead river in Wa. So, my questions are... Can you do a day trip from Kennewick to the Grande? Any particular place on the river I should hit? Are the last 2 miles before the confluence with the Snake really that crowded. As crowded as any Western Washington salmon river? How is the trout fishing? Any other suggestions on a steelhead river near the 3 cities would be appreciated. Thanks.