Enjoy the weekend!
We hope everyone has a great 4th of July! This big summer holiday is another milestone in the year and many folks look forward to the long weekend including us.
Even despite the holiday weekends being busy, I think we can all agree that just being outside on the water is a great escape.
With the heatwave dissipating a little bit to more normal conditions, heading outdoors should feel great. Water temps were starting to creep up in the unfavorable zones 68+ degrees in the afternoons on many rivers so depending on where you are fishing it would be wise to just stick to fishing the morning hours and give the fish a break in the afternoon evenings.
Kenyon and Luke hit the St. Joe River this week and had great fishing the first part of the day, wrapping up by the afternoon. They took temperature readings in the morning on the upper Joe at 60 degrees, still great for trout. From Avery and down, the water temps are hovering around 70 in the afternoon. Golden stone dries were the ticket for them, though there are plenty of other options to fish right now too.
Our guide crew has been on the Spokane River daily and the fishing didn't miss a beat in the heat. Morning hours only right now as the temps are little high in the afternoon, though the afternoon water temps will drop lower as the water levels come down and the aquifer influences the river more. A big chubby dry with a long dropper is a great summer tactic, and the euro (or bobber) rigs will find 'em in the riffles all summer long.
Hoot owl regulations have taken place in parts of Montana and Oregon. Nothing in Idaho and Washington as of yet.
Cold water fisheries like the Kootenai or Yakima will also be great options for the foreseeable future during this warm/dry July. Don't forget the high country!
Whether you are chilling by your ac unit this weekend and avoiding crowds, or looking for a little slice of fishing heaven we hope you enjoy your time!