Deep in the heart of Central Oregon’s high desert lies one of the greatest stillwater fly fishing destinations in the American West. The Grindstone Lakes consist of five incredibly scenic lakes ranging in size from 20-80 acres. These lakes are spring fed, shallow, and play host to a myriad of aquatic insects. These factors combine to create a dream scenario for the stillwater fly angler. All five lakes host large populations of trophy-sized rainbow trout. Although every season is slightly different, anglers can consistently expect to tangle with fish in the 2-10 pound range, with 2-4 pound fish being the most readily available. These are lake-raised fish that have had to fend for themselves from very early on in their lives. As a result, these fish are beautiful, well conditioned, and pull very hard on the end of a 5 weight. Grindstone Lakes are all fly fishing only and catch and release with barbless hooks to ensure the best possible guest experience.
The saving grace of this amazing fishery is its exclusive private access. Direct Adventures is the sole outfitter at Grindstone Lakes. Despite its stellar reputation, the remoteness and private ownership of Grindstone ensures that these lakes are lightly fished throughout the year. After we greet you at the gate, your group will most likely never see another soul asides from our staff, the occasional cowboy, and the abundant wildlife.
Our season at Grindstone begins in mid to late April and continues through July. Bookings tend to be the heaviest in May and June, which coincides with some of the best hatches of the season. Anglers in the fall often cast at fish that haven’t seen an artificial fly in months. At almost 5,000 feet in elevation, the lakes fish well all season.
Duration: 3 or 4 day fishing packages
Season: April to July
Species: Trophy sized rainbow trout
Camping: Carpeted wall tents on platforms, Cots and Pads provided
Meals: Day 1- Lunch and dinner
Day 2- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3- Breakfast and lunch
Pricing: pricing depending on style of trip (please call for custom events and pricing (541-633-3120))
Included: Guide, meals and lodging
Not Included: Alcohol, gear and gratuity
As of 2017, our accommodations will no longer be in the “Lodge,” which so many returning guests have grown accustomed to staying in. To better serve our customers and offer a higher quality product, we have switched to a semi-permanent camp setup that consists of heavy-duty wall tents set up on platforms. Each tent is equipped with propane heaters and a wood burning stove. Sleeping tents are spacious and are complete with cots and air mattresses. Many guests have stated that they sleep better at Grindstone than they do at home! Full bathroom facilities, including hot showers, are available as well. Packages to Grindstone include all meals beginning with lunch on the first day and concluding with lunch on your final day. We pride ourselves in offering hearty, home-cooked meals that are sure to please. Most dietary requests can be accommodated.
Trips at Grindstone are typically three days/two nights or four days/three nights. Longer trips can be accommodated. Pricing includes guides, comfortable accommodation, non-alcoholic beverages, and gourmet meals. Oregon fishing license, alcohol, and guide gratuities are not included in packages. Although we have a limited selection of flies available for purchase, it is advised to come stocked up on your favorite stillwater fly patterns.