St. Joe River, Idaho
Some good reports, some slower reports, some decent reports. Could be time of the day, could be barometric pressure changes... could be the earth's rotational axis is off. Lol, hell it's fishing, not catching, I don't know. Well worth going and fishing though, most everyone is catching fish and some nice ones. Fall is setting in here and the fall hatches are just starting. Have some fall caddis, October caddis, mahoganies, bwo's, purple haze, midges, and that frickin' spruce moth that everyone talks about that the fish never eat. Pack 'em all with you cuz every day is different, and some stretches of the river will vary from others. Ants are probably the best patterns I've hear of lately and traditionally when I fished here a lot in September a cinnamon ant would crush 'em.
NF CDA - North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Kenyon and I swung up here for a quick evening fish Wednesday after Kenyon was done guiding. Yes, you read that correctly... we literally drove here for about 1.5hrs of fishing... after he guided all day on the Spokane. We checked out a couple spots on the lower river. A couple October caddis were out, but more importantly there mahogany dun spinners from a hatch earlier in the day, as well as the fall spotted sedge caddis. Fish seemed keyed in on the caddis pupa and some of the spinners on the surface. Find a soft riffle, or foam line, or one of the sloooowwww pools and you will find fish. Dries should get it done fine, nymphing will definitely work too, but dries would be my first choice. Didn't have time to streamer fish, but a stripping something smaller size like a Tung Thin Mint, BH or CH buggers, or small sculpins should work fine. A cinnamon color ant worked well for Kenyon too I forgot to mention. Fall colors starting to show up here!
Spokane River, Washington
Got out on the Spokane River today with Thomas & Thomas Rod Rep Jon Covich, Mike, Kenyon, and Bo. Good fishing overall. The streamer bite has been pretty solid, the Big Bird bugger was best for us. Chubbies with tungsten jig caddis pupa droppers were also very good. Most fish came on the tung caddis pupa, but some ate the big dries. Some fish were eating some pseudo baetis on the on the surface, but we didn't have time to try to pick them off, those fish get snotty. Euro and bobber rigs are working great. Something like a tweny inch stone, red dart, blow torch with a caddis pupa pattern will work all day long. Get after it! Or call us and we will row you around!
Outside of the usual Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and St. Joe River reports not much else! Cloudy weather will make for some good fishing conditions on the Clark Fork River. Typically the NF Clearwater / Kelly Creek is good until early October so that is worth a trip too.
Commission closes steelhead fishery in Clearwater River basin - https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/commission-closes-steelhead-season-clearwater-river-basin
Got a good Clearwater River from Matt Seaton who tangled into a few steelhead over the weekend. He said they were 3 for 5, one which was a pretty large B run steelhead from the looks of it. One of the largest I've seen for this time of the year. No words on the Grande Ronde or Snake River yet, normally there are a few fish around by this time of the year but it will be sparse.
Grande Ronde River at Troy - 824 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Troy
Snake River at Anatone - 17500 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Anatone
Clearwater River at Spalding - 6930 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Spalding
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