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SUNDAY, NOV. 19, 2017

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017

THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016


Muddy water in Hangman Creek generally is a signal to kayakers, canoests and rafters that the stream is in rare good form for paddling.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Video: Rafters go with the flow in Hangman Creek

RIVER RUNNING -- Hangman Creek is notorious among rafters and paddlers for being a now-you-see-it, now-you-don't whitewater attraction. Adequate flows for rafting usually come and go quickly in winter or early spring with rain and snowmelt events. Spokane river runner Tanner Grant jumped on the...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2016

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2014

Burton Keen holds a Grande Ronde hatchery steelhead -- the prize catch of his life-long fishing career. (Mark Potter)

Never too late to become a steelhead angler

FISHING -- Mark Potter is all smiles about his recent steelhead fishing trip with his father-in-law on the Grande Ronde River. The two were fishing with guide John Sullivan and they caught-and-released eight wild steelhead plus two hatchery keepers to extend the fun to the...

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MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

Jennifer Nepean prepares to release a smallmouth bass caught while fishing on the Grande Ronde River in August. (Sean Visintainer)

Prime time to hook smallies on the Ronde

FISHING -- Silver Bow Fly Shop guide Sean Visintainer posted these photos to remind us that August is prime time for catching chunky smallmouth bass in the Snake and Grande Ronde Rivers. Says Visintainer: Bassin' is always a great alternative to trout fishing during the...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014

MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014

THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

Sean Visintainer, left, and Jennifer Nepean steelhead fishing on the Grande Ronde River on Jan. 1, 2014.

Anglers get a steelie start to the new year

FISHING -- Sean Visintainer of Silver Bow Fly Shop sends this photo with the post, "Starting off 2014 right... Jennifer Nepean with her first ever steelhead!" Caught on the Grande Ronde near Boggans New Year's Day. "The river is in great shape for winter fishing,"...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 2013

Mike Hargis with a nice wild steelhead caught in the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho. (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)

Rivers coming into good shape for steelheading

FISHING -- Steelhead fishing reports and creel census tallies from the Snake, Tucannon and Grande Ronde rivers have improved. It's time to go! The Salmon River in particular has been out of sorts, as Amy Sinclair of Exodus River Adventures in Riggins reported last night:...

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MONDAY, OCT. 7, 2013


Steelhead, such as this one caught last weekend, are getting active in the Grande Ronde River, offering fantastic fishing when water conditions are right. 
 (Jed Conklin / The Spokesman-Review)

Grande Ronde steelhead still lagging

FISHING -- Despite much anticipation because of a surge of water last week coupled with good numbers of fish moving past Lower Granite Dam, angler reports from the Grande Ronde River over the weekend left much to be desired. Catch rates were miserably low in...

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TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2013

MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012

A 34-inch steelhead weighing 14 pounds (top) dwarfs the normal size steelhead caught in the Grande Ronde River. Angler Jeff Holmes caught the fish in mid November a few miles downstream from the Oregon border.
 (Jeff Holmes / Courtesy)

Grande Ronde steelhead dwarfs typical fish

STEELHEAD FISHING -- The S-R's Fishing-Hunting Report this week notes that steelhead fishing has been good on the Grande Ronde River this week. But angler Jeff Holmes puts an exclamation point on that report with these photos and this assessment of his recent driftboat outing,...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012

TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011

Steelhead caught by fly fisher and released on Grande Ronde River, Washington. (Rich Landers)

Steelhead fly fishing clinic set at Silver Bow

STEELHEAD FISHING -- Learn fly-fishing tactics and techniques for catching steelhead on our region's steelhead waters in the annual two-hour clinic offered by Silver Bow Fly Shop, 210 E Indiana in Spokane Valley. When: Monday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Instructor: Sean Visintainer, shop owner...

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