End of Summer NF CDA Photos

Sean Visintainer - 09/21/19

Kenyon Pitts casting to risers on the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River.

Fall on the fly

Kenyon and I jammed out of the shop late Wednesday afternoon to check out the lower North Fork Coeur d'Alene River. We weren't able to get to the river until 4:30pm since he was guiding earlier that day on the Spokane.

Fall colors are starting to show along the river bank and leaves that had already turned were drifting in the current. An elk bugled nearby as we strung a rod in one of the first turnouts above the South Fork Coeur d'Alene. Summer has begun to fade in a hurry in north Idaho.

Unfortunately, do to our lateness we did not get to witness what probably was some very good fishing earlier in the day, but the remnants that were left for us were pretty solid to say the least. Mahogany dun spinners, fall caddis, and some October caddis were flying about and the cutthroat seemed to be pretty occupied with at least one of the menu options. Fall caddis.

Kenyon, not wanting to let summer tactics go away, started with a cinnamon ant, which he referred to as "the purple haze" of terrestrials. Aptly named as he began to get eats instantly from a soft current line.

The evening fishing for us was short, fish were caught, solitude was easily found, and the sights of fall were a welcome change of pace from the busy summer that is typical along the banks of the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene.

Leaves are beginning to turn on the banks of the Coeur d'Alene River.

A small Coeur d'Alene River cutthroat trout.

Kenyon Pitts puts another Coeur d'Alene River cutthroat in the net.

Whitefish from the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River.

A nice Coeur d'Alene River cutthroat trout that fell victim to a cinnamon ant dry.