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Your heart leaps as you watch a large native Steelhead snatch your skating dry fly on the Grande Ronde River. Kids laugh with excitement as they land their first Rainbow on the Wallowa. You realize you just missed a nice strike at your fly because you were too busy taking in the rugged beauty of the Imnaha canyon . These are just a sample of the experiences you can have in the territory the Nez Perce called “Land of Winding Water.”
Welcome to the Joseph Fly Shoppe located in the beautiful Wallowa Valley. We are a full service destination shop which specializes in a large selection of high performance fly equipment, unbeatable customer service, and absolute dedication to the graceful art of fly angling! Let us help make your Eastern Oregon fishing experience a memorable one!
We believe that customer service is our most important product and look forward to helping you with your next fly fishing adventure! For more information about fishing, Joseph, and the beautiful Wallowa Valley explore the links below:
Guided Fishing: In 2008 we sold our guide buisness to Winding Waters River Expeditions. This comprehensive guide service offers a wide range of whitewater and fishing trips on some of the areas most fantastic rivers including the Grand Ronde, Wallowa, Salmon, and Snake rivers. Please explore the Winding Waters River Expeditions web site and see the PHOTO GALLERY at: www.windingwatersrafting.com and give them a call at 877-426-7238 / 541-432-0747.
Shuttle Service/ Rentals: For information on river shuttles for the Grande Ronde ($90) or Wallowa ($35) rivers, as well as rafting equipment rentals call the MINAM STORE at 541-437-1111
AREA RAFTING, RIVER AND FISHING REPORTS: Grant Riche is one of the areas premier outdoorsmen. Check out his web site www.fishingandhiking.comfor great articles on area rivers (floating Minam to Troy 101, etc.).
Check this out.The Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries is monitoring hatchery steelhead passage on the Imnaha using in-stream counters that read “PIT” tags placed in a percentage of the fish.This information is available on line at the site linked below.The problem is, the information is difficult for layman to decipher.Tribal Fisheries representatives have assured me that “as soon as they have time” they will try to sort, interpret and post this info in a form that will allow fishers to better monitor current Imnaha steelhead numbers - on any given date (ie:are there enough fish in the river to justify my driving over?).Summary reports at year end will also quantify the number and success of the hatchery run. http://www.ptoccentral.org/dbaccess/InStrmDtctn/InStrmDtctn_query.html
10/7/13 Steelhead have arrived on both the Imnaha and Grande Ronde Rivers (see individual river reports). The Wallowa is fishing fair - good for trout.
8/29 The Wallow River continues to fish very well despite low water levels. Wallowa Lake and area ponds have not been stocked for some time (see stocking schedule link) and therefore the trout fishing has slowed. Bass fishing on the Grande Ronde, Snake, and lower Imnaha has been good. See individual river reports for more info.
8/10 Despite hot weather and low water levels the Wallowa River and nearby rivers continue to offer good fishing. See individual river reports below.
7/28 - With continued hot weather and no rain the water on the Wallowa has really dropped and warmed up, so the fishing has dropped off. Trout are still taking nymphs and streamers with some surface activity in the evening, but the big boys are definitely laying low and moving to deeper cooler water. Now might be the time to take advantage of fishing our smaller cooler mountain streams; The West Fork Wallowa, Hurricane Creek, and the Lostine and Minam rivers.
7/22 - Water is low all around and all of our wilderness and bigger waters should fish well! The Wallowa is still fishing great in the evening with big fish still being taken off the surface. Hoppers and stimulators will produce nice takes and if you are fishing in the wilderness try small attractors like red/yellow humpies and Turks Power Ants,and smaller terrestrial patterns too. A great time to beat the heat on the water!
7/11- The Wallowa is fishing great, but the water is dropping fast so get to the river if you can. In the late evening large stimulator patters have been killer, and fish are even coming to the surface for these large flies in the day. Try dropping a small emerger caddis off the stimi for even more takes. A hares ear, prince nymph, or stonefly nymph with a small bh pheasant tail dropper should be successful all day long. Bottom line a great time to hit the river.
7/6 - All local streams are at or a little below average flow for this time of year which makes for good fishing. The Wallowa River looks great and with the water at a good volume and still cold, this is an excellent time to hook some larger native trout. Get out there!
7/4 - The water levels are pretty much back to to normal, with the Wallowa and Lostine running a bit high (follow the link on our home page for up to the minute stream flows, are rivers are in teh Snake River basin). Fishing is good at the lake, and should be getting better by the day on the streams and rivers. Chinook Salmon season opens tomorrow until July 7th, good luck out there!
6/30 - Rivers STILL high with warmer temps, more snow melt, and recent heavy rain. Try out our smaller streams; bear creek, Big Sheep Creek, Upper Grande Ronde and lower elevation lower gradient water. The high water is an excellent sign for later season fishing!
6/28 - Rivers continue to run high this week.
6/24 - River fishing is generally very good. People THINK the rivers are too high to fish - they are NOT. See individual river reports.
6/21 Rivers peaked 48 hrs ago and are almost down to prerain levels. Tom, lead fishing guide for Winding Waters, had a good day on the Wallowa despite the colored water. Fishing dry stoneflies a foot off the bank, fish were attacking drifted and waked flies. High temps for Joseph next week predicted to hit 99 degrees.
6/19 Hard rains the last couple of days have put the rivers back on the rise and may blow them out for a few days.
6/15 Area streams are back to 50% of avg flows for this time of year - and all fishable. We still have a 95% of avg snow pack in the high Wallowa Mts so this is shaping up for a great summer of fishing. A good example is the stone fly hatch that just hit the Wallowa River in the "Canyon". Are you kidding me - nice water levels and a stone fly hatch. What are you doing sitting there reading this report?
6/10 - Area streams have been on the rise for a week due to continued hot weather and snow melt. However, the last two days they seem to have leveled at, or near, medium stream flow for this time of year. That means they are pretty high to fish. If they start trending down they should clear and good fishing should resume. The hot weather has brought out a lot of bugs.
6/6 - hot weather - streams on the rise - may blow-out (?)
6/4/13 - Area streams remain at 50% of normal flows - which means they are fishable earlier than normal. This week the weather has turned hot, but the low snow must have already melted - stream flows have remained low. We will see. The warm weather should bring more hatches and some surface action. Wallowa Lake and Kinney lk have been fishing well for stoked trout, but Kokanee fishing at the lake has been slow.
5/26/13 - Hello fly fishing world. Wallowa County streams opened yesterday - and yes the Joseph Fly Shoppe is still in business (just reopened after our winter travels including some great last minute fishing in Montana).
Area streams are all running at 50% of normal flows - which is a little scary but....
The good news. The Wallowa River fished great opening day. The "Canyon" upstream from Minam had about 20 fishers yesterday - a lot for that 8 mile section. One group of three landed about twenty five (up to 18") swinging and dead drifting woolly buggers in structured water within 8' of the bank. This may be one of those rare years where snow melt does not blow-out the river i June.
Wallowa Lake aand Kinney Lake are heavily stocked and also fishing well.