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St Joe River - June 17th, 2013
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop RECORDED:75 °FISHING: Great
The water is on the drop on the St. Joe and the pressure is still low! Now is a great time of year to fish the river. Run streamers through the big pools on sink tips and nymph or dry fly fish the the dropoffs and boulder gardens. As with most of the season on the St. Joe, stimulators are one of the absolute best flies on the river in my opinion. There are fish being caught from Avery all the way up the river and into the North Fork. For nymphs, we always do super well on a stonefly with a cased caddis dropper or a caddis soft hackel dropper. Enjoy the early summer wading and camping! Moon Pass is open if you are heading down from Sandpoint, Spokane, or CDA. To find moon pass, drive to the southwest side of Wallace Idaho and then follow the golden dirt road.
Lake Pend Oreille - June 13th, 2013
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop RECORDED:66 °FISHING: Great
Kokanee fishing on Lake Pend Oreille has been outstanding the last few weeks. Anglers are catching their limits in under half an hour. The fish are averaging between 9-11 inches and hitting Wedding Rings, Kokanee Killers, and other spinners. Orange/Red has been out-fishing green. Most anywhere in the lake near the shore over 60 feet deep is producing fish.
Coeur d'Alene River - N. Fork - June 13th, 2013
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop RECORDED:65 °FISHING: Excellent
Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene has been outstanding! Drakes are still flying around and the black ants are thick. Small stoneflies are also producing. The river should bump a little with the rain we have coming, but this will only help in the long run. Fish are averaging 16-19 inches with fish over 20 sticking their noses out.
Good Luck out there!
Coeur d'Alene River - June 4th, 2013
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop RECORDED:62 °FISHING: Excellent
The Coeur d'Alene and all its forks have been fishing great! There are several hatches thoughout the day and big fish are eating on top. Green Drakes and various stoneflies including goldens are all working very well right now. The river has good flow and great visiblity. Now is the time for the best dry fly fishing of the year on the Coeur d'Alene.
Clark Fork River - January 31st, 2013
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop RECORDED:31 °FISHING: Good
Well well well, I finally went fishing. The clark fork was doing the typical 20k cfs flucation, but I needed to get outside and it was warm, overcast, and the skiing was worse then expected...
When i got to the river, I had a strike on my first cast, then hooked into a smaller fish on a UV midge dropper that I tie (black body, silver rib, UV pearl ice dub collar, and a black tungsten bead). The fish came unpinned after a brief fight.
What happened next was unbelievable, a 15 minute midge hatch where i watched about 10 surface risers feed. Of course, my dry fly rod was sitting in the shop.... I tried to rip some lips with a Polar Express Minnow with no luck.
I switched from the single hander to the spey rod and spent some time covering a new seem I found downriver. Overall It was a great day, though no fish came to hand.
Pend Oreille River <br> and Tributaries - November 1st, 2012
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop RECORDED:50 °FISHING: Great
The clark fork continues to fish well. Our recent rains have brought some color to the river. Brown trout are eager to eat large sculpins stripped or swung through riffle and runs. Now is a perfect time to get out and work on your spey casting or double hauling with your favorite single hand streamer rod. Fish range in size from about 12 inches up to the fish of your dreams, but you wont catch it sitting inside. Get on the rain gear and get after it!
Kootenai River - October 6th, 2012
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop RECORDED:65 °FISHING: Great
The Kootenai is flowing at about 4000 cfs right now. The low flows have got fish stacked in spots, and if you find them the fishing is really good. I caught alot of smaller fish, but the action was very consistent. I used a nymph rig in the morning with a stonefly and size 8 snowcone dropper, as well as a rubber leg price with a caddis emerger for the dropper. Once the caddis got active swinging soft hackel caddis is deadly. The 30 minutes after the sun left the water was strikes on every cast. Fall has set in up in Kootenai Country, good luck fishing.
Clearwater River - September 27th, 2011
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop RECORDED:78 °FISHING: Excellent
Fishing has been very good. The flows are down to 3090 cfs at Peck, ID. The last recon team landed 17 fish in two days on fly. Small flies and dry lines or intermediate tips are working great. Anything with peacock or polar bear in it is working (natural UV reflector) so I imagine some UV ice dub...etc..will also work. Good luck if you go. See you down there next weekend. Now that the clave is over there should be less people on the water and fishing we remain awesome until catch and kill opens.
The Snake, Ronde, and Salmon are also fishing great now!!!!
Salmon River – Middle Fork - July 25th, 2011
supplied by: Radditz Sipler Outfitters (RSO) RECORDED:85 °FISHING: Excellent
It's been a great year on the Middle Fork so far. We just finished our 3rd consecutive six day trip on the Middle Fork with Helfrich River Outfitters. The river was at 3.33 feet this trip after starting the first two trips at 5.44 and 4.16. Great flows and great weather have been the norm so far. Fishing continues to be outstanding with some boats landing over 100 fish per day!
Salmon River - March 8th, 2010
supplied by: Big R Fly Shop RECORDED:41 °FISHING: Excellent
I've been over here for the past three weeks now, and the river is really turning on. Deadwater, the ice-dam that blocks flows and the migration of steelhead around Shoup, has busted up which has brought a push of fresher fish to the upper river. Most efforts have been focused from Shoup to Salmon. It has been warm over here lately too, making the river a little cloudy (which it always seems to be) and melting the ice sheets that have been on the banks. In the mornings, the water temp has been around 38 and has been warming up to around 45-47. For those of you who swing, you know that ideal temperatures for this technique are above 40 degrees, which this river is currently at. Look for the fish to be less grabby than in the fall though. If you like to keep hatchery fish, make sure that what you're keeping are destined for the smoker, these fish have been in freshwater for quite awhile now.