BBQ + Fly Fishing = American Fun
Happy 4th of July from all of us at the Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane. It should be a great day on the water around the region so hopefully you are there and not reading this blog! If you are reading this... well then either you didn't make it fishing... or perhaps you just got home from fishing! All the rivers around here are fishing well and all over the Idaho Panhandle and well into Montana. Lakes are probably slow, I don't know though, I'm a river snob so I haven't check on any, sorry!
Hatches on local streams have dwindled a little bit but insects are still present. The Spokane is getting some caddis late in the evening. The Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe, NF Clearwater, and Kelly Creek are getting pmd's, caddis, yellow sallies, a few goldens and even some green drakes still. I think though with the heat coming into the area these hatches will get sparser and true summer mode will hit. Pack a little variety with you and definitely pack some attractors, beadhead droppers, as well as ants and beetles. If you find the late afternoon fishing sucking don't be afraid of grabbing a bobber setup (or euro) and fishing the faster deep slots with a stone / caddis pupa or attractor nymph.
Whether you made it to the water today or are just bbq'n with friends or family we wish you a safe, fishy, and happy 4th of July.