A snapshot of 2018 fishing
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for a great 2018 here at the Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane. We greatly appreciate your business, support, and for reading this blog! Hopefully you have found all the post useful to some degree or another.
2018 was the year of water around the west for many of us. Compared to the previous few years we received a lot more snowpack and the rivers were healthy, full, and cold all summer long around Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and well into Montana where many like to travel. While we certainly had our fair share of fire issues and smoke, the rivers at least powered through the season just fine.
Spring dry fly fishing was solid on the Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe with hatches of March browns, skwalas, and brown drakes taking fish on top until the salmonflies kicked in in the late spring. Those willing to fish through runoff had hatches of salmonflies well into the late spring and then followed by golden stones. I didn't recall having crazy good golden stone action, but the green drake fishing was at times off the charts.
As the season progressed into summer the Spokane fished very well with great chernobyl / dropper action. The old myth of Spokane River fish not eating dries has been debunked many, many years ago now... by many nice Redbands eating dry flies consistently. Summer terrestrial fishing on the nearby Idaho rivers was also a good one this year. Probably better than years past. I can tell by how fast the hopper bins were depleted that folks were having good success.
Fall this year was nothing short of amazing and felt like it continued forever. Quality and quantity were both words that I would throw around on the NF Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe, and Spokane Rivers. Good dry fly fishing. Good nymphing. Good streamer fishing. And excellent fall colors. We could use six months of fall around here and I would have zero complaints.
Steelheading was probably the only sore subject of the year. The year's return was far less than projected which had a lot of steelheaders singing the blues. I feel that the guide staff and those that know the "buckets" very well on their favorite river found fish pretty consistently, but everyone had to work their asses off for sure.
As we approached late fall and now winter surprisingly the fishing continues to be pretty good. We have had some miserably days for sure, but overall the seasonably warm temps are keeping the fish biting. It is mainly a nymphing game as of late, and most folks are just fishing the Spokane, but it has been very consistent to say the least.
We hope you were able to get out an enjoy some time on the water in 2018, and hopefully the trips were successful. Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your fly fishing adventures and we will continue to support you in your 2019 fishing needs and beyond.
Cheers to more fishing in 2019!
- Sean Visintainer