The river has been on a steady decline for the past week, which is a benefit for fishing. Some hatches are still going on, but the "must haves" are 'hoppers fished along the shoreline and other structure.
Water flow: 1,050
Visibility: 30 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 70 Degrees F
Water condition: Stained
Best time of day to fish: Late morning until dark
Best stretch: Pawatka Bridge in Oregon to Washington state line and the Wallowa River in Oregon. Washington is closed to angling.
Best access point: Troy, Oregon on Oregon Hwy 82 and WA Hwy 129
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Grasshoppers, mayflies, caddis and golden stoneflies are likely hatches. The Letort Hopper should probably be size 12 or 10 and save the sz. 8 for later when large "hoppers show up.
Fish species: Rainbow trout and smallmouth bass
Fishing season: Trout and bass
Nearest airport: Walla Walla or Spokane, WA; Lewiston or Boise, ID
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 10' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Double Taper Trout Fly Line