• Spokane River, Washington

  • Hatches

    Midges
    Capnia - Winter stones

  • Flies

    Pats Rubber Legs - hot bead pats, black
    Girdle Bug
    Double Bead Stones - black or peacock
    BH Prince
    San Juan
    Hot Bead San Juan
    BH Pheasant Tails
    Phsyco Prince

    Sparkle Minnows
    Gold Finger
    Mr Creepo
    Big Bird
    Sex Dungeons
    Lead Eye Leeches
    Zirdle Bugs

  • The Fishing

    Flows have kept bumping up on the Spokane River which will definitely make it challenging. There are still spots even at these levels, it's just very limited. Many areas will be pretty brushy or too fast. Best to look for some bays, back eddies, or areas where the river is wide and relief can be found from the main flows. When the levels are up in the winter the best tactic will be streamer fishing and stripping your bug through the eddies and soft water. Nymphing can be challenging in most areas at higher levels because of submerged weeds. It is warm enough and enough midges out to potentially see some heads up but that will be the least likely prospect. Chucking bigger profile streamers would be what I do.

  • Water Cond

    Flows have bumped up some more. Pretty limited.

  • Current Flow

    9650 ft3/sec
    Prediction Flow - Lower River / Post Falls

    USGS Water-data graph Spokane River Washington State
  • North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

  • Hatches

    Midges

  • Flies

    San Juans
    Pats Rubber legs
    Double bead stones
    Midge Pupa
    Phsyco Prince
    Small Copper Johns
    Hot bead nymphs
    Rainbow Warrior

    Streamers -
    Kreelex
    Mini Dungeons,
    Mr Creepo - All colors
    Big Birds

  • The Fishing

    Sounds like the NF Coeur d'Alene River is pretty fishable with the warmer temps this past weekend. Definitely need to stick to the lower half but streamer fishing and nymphing any of the slow pools, inside bends, or eddies can produce. We had some reports that fishing wasn't too bad if you get your bugs down and keep them down, mid day / afternoon is best.

  • Water Cond

    Cold.

  • Current Flow

    Prichard = 475 ft3/sec
    Prediction Flow - Prichard

    Cataldo = 3070 ft3/sec
    Prediction Flow - Cataldo

    USGS Water-data graph North Fork of the Coeur d' Alene Idaho
  • USGS Water-data graph North Fork of the Coeur d' Alene Idaho
  • St. Joe River, Idaho

  • Hatches

    N/A

  • Flies

    Streamers:
    Larger profile sculpin patterns

  • The Fishing

    Holy crap we got a JANUARY fishing report from the St. Joe River! Our good friend Nancy M. said she fished for a couple hours on the lower St. Joe and did well streamer fishing landing a few fish. She said the fish were pretty aggressive and had plenty of action for the short trip. Sounds like launching a boat is definitely not an option right now as it isn't most years in January due to large piles of snow and ice berms along the river... it is still winter don't forget! Great to get a winter report from the St. Joe!

  • Water Cond

    Cold but fishable on the lower river.

  • Current Flow at Calder

    2230 ft3/sec
    Prediction Flow - Calder

    USGS Water-data graph St Joe River Idaho
  • Clark Fork, Montana

  • Hatches

    Midges

  • Flies

    Stonefly Nymphs
    BH Prince
    San Juans
    BH Pheasant Tails
    Midge Pupa

    Streamers!
    Mr Creepos
    Sculpins
    Big Birds
    Marabou Leaches

  • The Fishing

    No reports from the Clark Fork, this will probably pick up next month as the midges get more active. I have fished here in January with some success before, only nymphing of course. The san juan with a midge combo will dominate anything else.

  • Water Cond

    Cold

  • Current Flow at St. Regis

    3800 ft3/sec
    Prediction Flow - St. Regis

    USGS Water-data graph Clark Fork, Montana.
  • Miscellaneous

  • Flies

    Zebra Midge
    Scuds
    Skinny Nelson
    Crystal BWO PT's
    BH PT's

    Sculpzilla
    Jawbreaker streamers
    Leeches
    Sparkle Minnow
    Ultra Scud
    Soft tex scud

  • The Fishing

    Rocky Ford is still the best bet around aside from the Spokane River. Wayne had fished it most recently and said it was good as long as you are willing to change patterns after a couple fish. Scuds, midge pupa, small pt's, and similar patterns always worth fishing. Stripping streamers is a fun tactic for those that don't like to fish the small bugs. Black or white is always a good starting point for streamers there then I go into more of the flashy types if those don't work.

  • Water Cond

    Rocky Ford - always good!

  • Steelhead Rivers

  • Flies

    Leeches -
    Reverse Marabous
    Bjorn's Goth Angel
    Bjorn's Ghost Face
    Intruders
    Loop Leeches - purple, black, black/chart

    Nymphing -
    Black Double Bead Stone
    Agent Onyx
    Hot Bead Jumbo Prince
    Beads / Globugs

  • The Fishing

    Grande Ronde -
    The Ronde was fishing good, but now levels are up and not very conducive for fly fishing. I doubt the Grande Ronde will be back in shape for quite awhile looking at the forecast.

    Snake River -
    Too high right for anything productive.

    Clearwater River -
    On the drop but will be pretty tough still.

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  • Water Cond

    Grande Ronde - Was good.
    Snake River - Too high

  • Current Flows

    Grande Ronde River at Troy - 3360 ft3/sec
    Prediction Flow - Troy

    USGS Water-data graph Grande Ronde River Washington State

    Snake River at Anatone - 36100 ft3/sec
    Prediction Flow - Anatone

    USGS Water-data graph Snake River Washington State

    Clearwater River at Spalding - 14100 ft3/sec
    Prediction Flow - Spalding

    USGS Water-data graph Clearwater River Idaho State