Good fishing. Good guiding
Lots of great reports from the guide crew as of late. Our Spokane River team (Kenyon, Jake, Bjorn, and Britten) have been having some good success this season so far. Fish numbers and size has been pretty consistent. While we may not have thousands of fish per mile like other famous rivers, what we do have are hard fighting, quality, beautiful wild trout. I fish a lot of rivers and am continually impressed by these fish.
The guides have been doing a lot of subsurface fishing with indicator rigs, and even some euro trips. This is typical for best success rates on the Spokane. However, the big chernobyl with a dropper is getting some love too. The Spokane is a surprisingly clear river so in sunny conditions you can often see the fish sneak up to the surface and pluck the large foam bug from the surface.
Caddis hatches are still happening, but they have dwindled a fair amount. From May through November there is always some level of caddis hatches. They are most intense in May and June, but often we get a large fall caddis that is a pretty decent hatch too.
Our guide partners from ROW Adventures in Idaho have done well too. The main river for Idaho guiding this time of the year is the St. Joe River. With a bit more volume of water than the Coeur d'Alene River and more habitat, it fishes well through the heat and into fall. I had a brief text chat with Bill Johnson, one of the Idaho guides licensed through ROW, and he said fishing has been good, while it has slowed a touch, the fish are still looking up and eating well. The "Joe" is a dry fly fishing paradise. All summer long you can fish dries and have success. We are in full summer mode now here and focused on the riffles with attractors like gypsy kings, but pmd's, caddis, and chubbies with droppers are working well too.
Want us to do the rowing? Give Bo Brand a call at the shop and he will get you set up with one of our guide team members! 509-924-9998