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Cold Water Close to Home

Sean Visintainer - 08/15/18

Spokane Redband Trout

Stay cool, stay local

Looking for cold water? It may be closer than you realize. The Spokane River is one of the coldest rivers in our area, and it's in your backyard. The guide crew has been reporting water temps of 58 degrees, up to 62 degrees on the hottest days. Not even remotely close to the danger zones of which are near 70 degrees. Why is it so cold? Most of you know the answer, for those that don't it's simple, the aquifer.

Cold water from our aquifer seeps in around the Sullivan Bridge area in the Spokane Valley and begins to recharge the river keeping it flowing with cold water all summer long. This in-stream flow gives the river a little bump in flows as well, although the more water that is pumped out of the aquifer for lawn watering or commercial businesses with water rights, etc, the less in-stream flow we have. But we can save that water topic for another blog, this one is about why the Spokane River is a good summer fishing option.

Our guides Jake, Kenyon, and Bjorn have all been reporting consistent fishing on the Spokane River for the month of August. Like everywhere else we deal with inner tubers during the heat of the day so it's best to be on early and off by noon or early afternoon. Some evening action as well, but mainly the last hour of the day. The hopper (or chernobyl) with a dropper game will find 'em most days, and the as usual the nymphs are getting them consistently. Downsizing the nymphs can be important this time of the year, the big oversized patterns that we use in the heavy flows of early summer are not nearly as productive this time of the year.

If you would like us to do the rowing give Bo Brand our guide manager a shout at the shop. Bo handles all things guide related and can get you on the calendar... most days... just don't wait last minute cuz the odds of us being booked are high.

We hope to show you our home town summer fishery!

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