Fall on the Coeur d'Alene

Sean Visintainer - 10/24/18

Coeur d'alene River

Flies and foliage

Fall colors are absolutely stunning right now on the NF Coeur d'Alene River. Most of the trees still have many of their leaves on them and are in their peak of the gold, yellow, and crimson colors. Cutthroat are also enjoying the bounty of fall and feeding throughout the mid-day hours on adult insects and emergers in the surface film.

Wayne Jordan and I snuck out of the office for a few hours to enjoy the fall foliage and rising cutthroat while we have the last of the Indian Summer conditions. Arriving around 11:30am we were greeted with many feeding cutthroat in one of the many roadside pools. Fish were quietly sipping bwo's and midges in the surface film as yellow and gold leaves drifted past. Wayne plucked a few fish from the surface with a long, light leader and midge patterns.

As afternoon progressed, we ventured a little further up and found that a few October caddis were hatching along with fall caddis, mahoganies, and more bwo's. Some fish seemed to be interested in the small mayflies, but the more aggressive fish were dialed into the fall caddis emergers. A well placed size twelve caddis emerger was the ticket for Wayne fooling a nice cutthroat before we needed to head back to the shop, and back to reality.

Gone are the days of fishing riffle water and t-shirts, but for those interested in netting a few more cutthroat before the dreary days of winter, the deep, slow pools of the Coeur d'Alene River will be waiting for you...

Coeur d'alene River Idaho
Idaho Westslope Cutthroat.