Hungry fish and the start of dry fly fishing
Hoping to take advantage of some warmer weather and more active fish, I went and hit the NF Coeur d'Alene today on foot. Things have started to pick up in Northern Idaho lately, and this can be the time of year for some really great fishing.
The fishing started out slow in the morning, but picked up as the day went on. Nymphing the slower runs and deep buckets picked up some fish in the earlier hours. I found most fish on the larger stonefly nymphs. The smaller profile flies didn't seem to draw much attention, possibly due to a good amount of debris in the river.
As the day warmed up, a pretty substantial hatch of March browns came off, but for some reason the fish didn't seem too interested in them. However, I was able to find a few fish on the skwala dries fished through the slower seams. Adding a dropper fly picked up fish as well, especially later in the day.
I drove up the main road, and it is plowed all the way to Kit Price, but the last several miles have pretty large snow berms on the road and bank. It's still pretty cold up on that part of the river. This is a more classic Spokane style spring so conditions are not what they were like the last couple of years. I had my most productive fishing below Prichard, so definitely stick to the lower end of the river.
Early spring can be one of the best times of the year. The fish are hungry after a long winter, fishing pressure is light, what else is there to ask for? It's definitely worth your time to start venturing to this neck of the woods.
- Kenyon Pitts
- Kenyon Pitts