St. Joe River, Idaho
Kenyon was out fishing the St. Joe River the other day and said the fishing was very good, but also very busy. It is peak travel / summer season so don't expect to have anywhere to yourself. But overall good stuff. Fish the riffles and deeper runs with a chernobyl / dropper or hopper / dropper combo. A 2-3' dropper under your foam bug like a lightning bug, jig pt or jig hare's ear or prince will get it done. Nymphing faster / deeper slots middle of the day will keep the action alive. Massive tuber hatch down low reported our buddy Ryan S. (thanks Ryan!) so if you are fishing below Avery plan on fishing early in the morning and move up river in the afternoon or take a break and fish the evening. Hatches are pretty light but goldens, yellow sallies, caddis, pmd's, hoppers / ants / beetles are all on the menu still.
NF CDA - North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Hoppers / Ants / Beetles
Took a Sunday drive up the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River to check out conditions (and pick some huckleberries). Got there in early afternoon. Shit show of tubers. Higher up you go there are less, but they are still present river wide. Fish early or fish later for best experience and fishing. The river is very skinny this time of the year so you have to really hunt for good water with some depth and flow. Not much for bugs this time of the year. Just terrestrials and caddis mainly. Checked out a couple spots, caught a couple fish, and called it good. There a lot better options out there in my opinion that the Coeur d'Alene River in the summer. You can catch fish here all summer, but there are other rivers like the St. Joe, Kelly Creek, etc that are better fishing and a better experience.
Summer mode on the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River right now. Things to live by from here until mid September...
1 - Fish the Riffles and deeper water.
2 - Fish earlier in the morning
3 - Fish in the evening
4 - Inner tubers will clog the river starting about 11:30am +/- until the sun settles
5 - Afternoons will be slow
6 - Hopper / Dropper rigs are a good searching method. 2-3' droppers are must.
7 - Ants / beetles are a good call.
8 - Caddis dries and caddis pupa. Lightning bugs and other flashy beadheads too.
9 - Start to lengthen your leader out and run lighter tippet.
10 - Have fun.
Spokane River, Washington
Got out on the Spokane River over the weekend. Fishing subsurface with euro or indicator rigs was good during the morning hours. Attractor nymphs (stuff with some flash, peacock, beads, jigs, etc) are getting the most attention. A pats stone, TJ Hooker, Twenty inch stone, or double bead peacock stone will get some love too. Not many caddis out right now, but a caddis pupa is always worth trying. Swinging soft hackles worked well for Kenyon in the evenings too. Dry fly fishing try a large CFO chernobyl, chubby chernobyls, foam hoppers or fat alberts. Run. 2-3' dropper with a jig nymph below. Fish the riffles, fish early and late, have fun! Inner tubers mid day.
NF Clearwater / Kelly Creek -
Good fishing! Busy, but always a top summer option. Try golden stones, chubbies, chernobyls, hoppers, pmds, caddis, ants, or beetles... the summertime bug selection can vary greatly! Run a dropper under a hopper or chernobyl. Hatches are light, but still bugs can consist of goldens, pmds, caddis, yellow sallies and maybe the odd green drake or two still hanging around.
No reports from the Grande Ronde in awhile. Typically good smallmouth fishing all summer long though!
Steelhead reports won't start trickling in until late summer.
Grande Ronde River at Troy - 995 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Troy
Snake River at Anatone - 29500 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Anatone
Clearwater River at Spalding - 13100 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Spalding
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