Guides Day Off

Sean Visintainer - 05/17/19

Idaho Fly Fishing Guide Bill Johnson rows the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River in Idaho for westslope cutthroat trout.

Fish are willing, guides are ready.

We got the privilege of getting out with one of our Idaho fly fishing guides, Bill Johnson, on the Coeur d'Alene River this past wednesday. Bill has been guiding the NF Coeur d'Alene River and St. Joe Rivers for a number of years now and usually has do the rowing. Bo and I enjoy rowing so we got Bill out from behind the oars to do a little fishing himself.

Wednesday's beautiful weather was stayed with us until the end of the float when a nice rain / thunderstorm came circling around in the Coeur d'Alene River valley. The morning started off a little slow until the water warmed up around 12:30pm or so, then the cutthroat started to get a little more interested in our offerings. Cutthroat remind me of teenagers, often sleeping in until the late morning hours and then ever so begrudgingly opting to eat some food. Even during a portion of the summer, they hold banker's hours at best.

Nonetheless the cutthroat perked up for salmonflies and a few other dry fly choices, and the nymphing (euro nymphing in particular) became very good to say the least. There weren't a ton of bugs out that day but enough to get some fish interested. A few stones, a few pmd's, yellow sallies, a sparse caddis, and a few pmd spinners in the morning hours.

Recent rains might (I said might) bugger up the Coeur d'Alene River for just a few days, but it should be back on a regularly scheduled program pretty quick.

If you are interested in getting out with a guide, give a shout, we will get you out with one of our guides from Outfitting partner ROW. The guys are ready and eager to get you into some great cutthroat dry fly action.

Contact Bo Brand at the Silver Bow to schedule a trip. 509-924-9998

Bill Johnson hoists a nice cutthroat trout from the Coeur d'Alene River in Idaho.
Silver Bow Fly Shop fishing guide manager Bo Brand chats about fishing and life with Coeur d'Alene River Guide Bill Johnson.
Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe River fly fishing guide Bill Johnson patiently waits for a cutthroat on the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River to rise.
Bo Brand rows North Fork Coeur d'Alene River fly fishing guide Bill Johnson around for a chance to catch cutthroat trout.