North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Salmonflies... yes. Confirmed two reports.
Britten Jay's Skwalla
Parachute Gray Drakes
CDC Gray Drake Emerger
Para Adams (big like size 10)
Double Bead Stones - Black or peacock
Pat's Rubber Legs - olive/brown, peacock, black
Hot Pink San Juans
Hot bead san juans
Twenty Incher Stones (jigged too)
Streamers - black has been the best color lately. Some olive patterns too.
We floated the NF Coeur d'Alene yesterday and by 1pm there were a ton of bugs. March browns, then bwo's, and a couple gray drakes and a few nemoura stones. Only downside was that it was pissing down rain and the temps dropped on us. Fish were starting get active before the rain finally shut it all down. Streamers in black colors were working and we got some fish up on skwalla imitations too. Would I say yesterday was a good example of how the river is fishing? Not really. Folks overall have been finding fish on the lower stretches, even some reports of salmonflies. As the weather warms up this weekend and next week I would suspect the stonefly activity and the gray drakes to kick up a notch. Plenty of water coming through right now so the higher up you go the less opportunities you will have until the river drops. The CDA has peaked for runoff already and should be a steady drop for quite awhile with minimal bumps in the flow. As the Prichard levels get closer to 2000cfs the more windows will open up and really open up at 1500cfs. Does that mean if the river level is 2600cfs don't go exploring? Absolutely not, you should always go see for yourself because each level does create new opportunities to find fish in new areas.
I've noticed some other common themes lately with folks in the shop... "I don't see rising fish, so I didn't fish dries". Cutthroat LOVE dry flies on most days during the spring. As the day warms up, even if there aren't a lot of bugs, try fishing a dry. You may be surprised. If you don't know what to start with, try a stonefly (of the skwalla variety). All of my trips the last 3-4 weeks have been mainly dry fly fishing. Often times slapping a big ol'skwalla into the little pockets tight against the bank will bring up fish as the day warms up.
High water is my favorite time of the year to fish. More bug hatches right now and active fish. Get after it!
Runoff has already peaked and we should only see small bumps in flows as the levels slowly drop. High, but still windows of opportunity.
7490 ft3/secPrediction Flow @ Cataldo
St. Joe River, Idaho
Salmonfly... one confirmed report
Chubby Peacock Chernobyl
D&D Cripple March Brown
March Brown Parachutes
Big Para Adams
Para Gray Drakes
Pat's Stones - olive, peacock
San Juans - pink, red
BH Soft Hackle PT's
Anato-May Hare's Ear
Black Copper Johns
No real updates on the St. Joe since the weekend. The Joe has been a winner though this spring. Like the NF Coeur d'Alene the St. Joe has had hatches of skwallas, March browns, gray drakes, bwo's, and nemouras. Dry fly fishing is the game between noonish and 4pm-ish. Warmer days may extend that and even bring out some of the bigger bugs like salmonflies that have already been reported here. Bobber lobbing in the morning hours with a stone / worm combo will get 'er done. Some streamer action but nobody has "crushed" it by the sounds of it, nor have we. Some fishing above Avery too, limited, but find the right pocket and you will find what you are looking for.
High, but PLENTY of windows to fish. The further up you go the less options.
Current Flow at Calder
6230 ft3/secPrediction Flow @ Calder
Large Para Adams
Gray Drake parachutes
March Brown thorax
Two-tone San Juan (red/brown)
Twenty Incher stone
Double Bead Peacock Stone
Lots of stuff... balanced leeches, bionic worms, san juans, chironomids, buggers, kreelex, etc.
Clark Fork -
The Clark Fork is hanging in there for a few more days of potential fishing. It might be outta shape for a few days later this week and then begin to be fishable by Sunday or later. It will be on the high side but doable. Gray drakes and March Browns have been the name of the game lately. Some bwo activity and skwallas too but the other bugs have been the best. Black is the color for streamers and stonefly / worm combo on the bobber rigs. If you would rather prospect with a dry / dropper than nymph I would suggest a skalla or chernobyl with a bead head pheasant tail style dropper.
Lake Report -
Nothing new to report! No one gives us lake reports lol.
Chironomids and balanced leeches on the bobber game is most consistent on the early season lakes (Medical, Coffeepot, Amber). Trolling or stripping leeches is the other. Plenty of water in Coffeepot to motor down to the far end.
Clark Fork River - big, but good. Hanging steady. High, but fishable
Amber - good
Medical - good
Coffeepot - good
Spokane River, Washington
To be determined in June.
The upper and lower Spokane is now closed until June. The upper will re-open first Saturday in June (6/3). The lower will re-open June 1st. This is to protect spawning redband rainbow trout. Yes there is a middle stretch that is open year round. Down side is the water level is pretty high making it un-fishable right now.
This year's Spokane River Fundraiser will be May 19th in conjunction with The Spokane River Forum's Water To Wine. The event will be held at the Chateau Rive in the Flour Mill, a beautiful location overlooking the Spokane Falls. Funds raised will go to the Glover Field Boat Access project which will give us an official put-in location just below downtown. More info to come as we get closer.
Upper and Lower Spokane are Closed now until June.
19900 ft3/secPrediction Flow
Steelhead Rivers are out of commission now for the season. The recent rains are keeping them too full and it's to the point in the year where we just give the steelies a rest and let them do their thing. Check back in the late summer when we start getting fish back into the Clearwater River. Until then, enjoy some trout spey action on one of our local rivers!
All the steelhead rivers are too high for good fly angling.
Grande Ronde River at Troy - 8830 ft3/secPrediction Flow @ Troy
Snake River at Anatone - 96500 ft3/sec
Clearwater River at Spalding - 28800 ft3/secPrediction Flow @ Spalding