Grande Ronde in Late October

slim

Fish or Ski...Fish or ski....fish!
#1
This year's float trip down the GR from Shumaker to the mouth got moved up a week to the last week of October. We have been fortunate in the past to have numerous camp sites available the first week of November but I've heard horror stories of all the guides setting up camp for the month of October on all of the legal campsites. Can anyone tell me how true this is. We are still going down, but dynamics of the camping could change. Thanks!
 

BDD

Active Member
#2
If the upper Columbia tribs are not open, then I would imagine that would push more angler effort onto those areas that are open per the regulations pamphlet, i.e., the Ronde. From what I heard, the guide pressure was down a bit last year, probably because the fish numbers were down. Typically the month of October is considered prime time for the floating line and catching fish in general and therefore, will probably have the most campers. I think the camp spots are first come, first served. I have also heard that many of the guides actually don't have the right permits (BLM?) to be hosting commercial guiding operations and therefore, some have changed their itinerary to use Boggans for their clients and/or float different sections where they can use WDFW campgrounds. I know there are others who know more about this than I do. Perhaps they chime in.
 

DKL

Nude to the board
#3
I can say that I was there at the end of Oct last year and there weren't nearly as many people around. This year doesn't look to be too different from last year so I would imagine the number of people will be down again by then.

DKL
 

Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
#4
Most of the heavy guide pressure ends on day 2X of October, except for the local guides. It takes about 5 minutes of googling guides to find out.
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#5
Bring warm duds, but there should be room to park and nap. Legal, schmegal. If you're floating on a private trip, just avoid using someones front yard (i.e around the narrows) and I don't think you've much to worry about.
 
#6
We did the middle of Oct. last year and had no problems finding a spot to set up a base camp for a couple of days. The fish numbers were down, as they are this year as well, so the fisherman numbers seemed to be down equally. We caught a few fish, but had to work hard for them. Damn, what a shame, we had to fish a lot and put in a lot of effort...;) Looks like we are doing the first week of Nov. this year. Right, Wayne?
 

slim

Fish or Ski...Fish or ski....fish!
#7
Rod, that's when we went down last year and had about the same luck. We found fish and lots of camp spots, but had to really work for them. Guess that's steelheading right..
 

Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
#9
Schumaker is usually fine. As long as you remember the gear down going down, you should make it back up no problem.. I remember going down behind a suburban a few years ago and by halfway down the hill I was almost sure his brakes were on fire. He stopped and the smoke was just rolling off the brakes and the paint was bubbling on the center of the rims..
 

Cruik

Active Member
#10
Schumaker is usually fine. As long as you remember the gear down going down, you should make it back up no problem.. I remember going down behind a suburban a few years ago and by halfway down the hill I was almost sure his brakes were on fire. He stopped and the smoke was just rolling off the brakes and the paint was bubbling on the center of the rims..

I definitely have to take couple breaks on the way down that road in my truck. Downshifting didn't slow me enough to where I didn't think I was going to burn up my brakes. Not sure I'd like that road in the snow or heavy rain.
 
#12
Nothing like washboard on a good down hill slope and a drop off on ether side of you to get the ol ticker cleared out before you start the day. As long as it's not ice just keep it in low and take your time going down. I was down there this spring when the blues were in runoff and it wasn't all that different. That road is just about consistently shitty any time of year
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#13
The Shu always scares me the most when it's wet. Slick rocks, clay mud. Like it's been said, take your time and all will be well. On your first trip, take it "old man in a hat" slow.

It really is not that bad.