The Bent just returned from a fly fishing trip to the Grande Ronde river, in SE Washington/NE Oregon. It's about a 7 hour drive from Belltown. But the steelhead trout we were hoping to delay, for just a few minutes, have to swim 600 miles from the Pacific, up the Columbia and Snake rivers, to reach the mouth of the Ronde in Hell's Canyon.
The deep canyon of the Ronde runs through Nez Perce country and the Blue Mountains and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including free-roaming elk and bighorn sheep, and healthy populations of black bears and mountain lions. Boggan's Oasis, where highway 129 crosses the river, is where all the people hang out.
Note: no steelhead were
harmed hooked in the making of this entry.