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JohnAM

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We took delivery of a new Lance 1191 this summer and this is a description of the first extended trip, 9 days boondocking on the Grande Ronde river. The Grande Ronde River is in SE Washington about 400 miles from where I live. I left after work on a Wed and spent the first night in a state park at Vantage on the Columbia River halfway across the state. Thur morning I met my daughter in Lewiston and we headed to the Grande Ronde.

We were going to camp off of Shumaker road which drops about 2800 ft in 6 miles to the bottom of the Grande Ronde canyon.

Here is a pic at the top of the grade:

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At the top of the grade are a series of tight switchbacks. I took these in 3rd gear with jake brake on.

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This pic looks on down the valley at where we are going. Notice dust down below from a vehicle that was ahead of us.

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Here's the new rig parked along the road where the previous pics were taken:

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And here is the rest of my caravan. I'm pulling a trailer with three pontoon boats and that is my daughter's van.

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This is about half way down into the canyon, a little past where the dust was in the earlier photo.

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Looking back up the road to where we started. The first set of pics were taken just below the trees in the center of this pic.

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And here's camp. I unloaded the camper so I can use the truck to shuttle pontoons for floating the river. Yes, I do take the superhitch off for this but decided to snap a few pics first.

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Another camp shot of my daughter setting up a fan for her two mastifs.

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Isn't this a pretty spot to camp?

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The view behind camp. Notice the river between the pine trees.

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Well I guess my new camper is broken in now!

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We put the pontoons in the truck and headed back up Shumaker road and then down Rattlesnake grade to Boggans Oasis where we put the boats in the river to float back to camp. This pic (if you can see it, right on top of the hill) shows the guard rail from the bottom of rattlesnake grade a few miles before you get to Boggans.

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Why we were there...first fish of the trip, nice steelhead on a skated dry fly Friday morning.

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After two days in camp we took a three day trip down the lower Grande Ronde. Two nights on the river in backpacking tents.

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Sara's boyfriend Mirko joined us for this part of the trip. This was his biggest fish (until later that day)

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The next day Sara landed her first on a skated dry fly:

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On the third day you come to the narrows.

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We carried the pontoons around but lined the big raft through as seen in the next three photos.

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Can you see the raft in the middle of the hole? No room for oars in here.

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There it is. We put the pontoons back in here and row the next drop which was pretty exciting but not as narrow.

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I fished the next three days by myself on the river from Boggans down to camp. Saw a few of these (big horn sheep ewes)along the way.

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But what I was really looking for was more of these:

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Last fish of the trip was landed on a 4 wt. Had broken my favorite rod the day before.

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Well that's it, every good trip has to come to an end. Hope you enjoyed my pics and trip report. As our fishing guide says "God didn't make enough Octobers!".

* This post was last edited 10/19/10 10:43pm by JohnAM *   View edit history


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Posted: 10/16/10 11:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wonderful pictures, that location is just great! The TC sure makes it easy to get into some locations. When we got our TT we first made sure it could get into the small private owned CG we visit where we go fly fishing. Great fish!


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Wow! Great fish and photos too!

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Posted: 10/16/10 05:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice trip and report.

you will have many of us dreaming.

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Posted: 10/16/10 05:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Outstanding report. I really like the location -- and the fish. As for sleeping in a wet tent -- not so much.


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Posted: 10/16/10 05:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NICE PICS.....REALLY NICE !


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Very Nice


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seldomseensmith wrote:

What a great intro to the TC world for you.... Like the previous poster says, having the ability to get to those harder to reach places and make it your home for a few days is what it's all about.

Nicely done trip report with great pics. Thanks for sharing.


Glad you enjoyed the report and pics. Not an intro for me however, just a major camper upgrade. My previous camper was purchased new in 97 and I had an older one before that. Might be interesting to note that I carried 3 additional 7gal jugs of water to get through the week. Having a hot shower at the end of a days fishing was really nice. We also had two nights of bad weather (heavy rain). First night on the canyon float (Sun) had to eat dinner and make camp in the rain and it rained all night. Tents were dripping!. That part was not fun but the sun came out the next day and we were able to dry things off. After the canyon trip on Wed it rained at night also, but this time I felt pretty smug as I was in the camper and very comfortable.

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Posted: 10/16/10 01:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What a great intro to the TC world for you.... Like the previous poster says, having the ability to get to those harder to reach places and make it your home for a few days is what it's all about.

Nicely done trip report with great pics. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 10/16/10 06:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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