• North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

  • Hatches

    Gray Drakes
    Skwallas
    March Browns
    BWO's
    Salmonflies... yes. Confirmed two reports.

  • Flies

    Britten Jay's Skwalla
    Chubby Skwala
    Gypsy Kings
    Parachute Gray Drakes
    CDC Gray Drake Emerger
    March Browns
    Purple Haze
    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.

  • The Fishing

    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!

  • Water Cond

    Runoff has already peaked and we should only see small bumps in flows as the levels slowly drop. High, but still windows of opportunity.

  • Current Flow

    7490 ft3/sec

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

  • Hatches

    March Browns
    BWO's
    Gray Drakes
    Skwallas
    Nemouras
    Salmonfly... one confirmed report

  • Flies

    Chubby Peacock Chernobyl
    Gypsy Kings
    BJ Skwalla
    D&D Cripple March Brown
    March Brown Parachutes
    Purple Haze
    Big Para Adams
    Para Gray Drakes
    Gray Wulff

    Pat's Stones - olive, peacock
    San Juans - pink, red
    BH Soft Hackle PT's
    Anato-May Hare's Ear
    Black Copper Johns



  • The Fishing

    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.

  • Water Cond

    High, but PLENTY of windows to fish. The further up you go the less options.

  • Current Flow at Calder

    6230 ft3/sec

    USGS Water-data graph St Joe River Idaho Prediction Flow @ Calder
  • Miscellaneous

  • Flies

    Clark Fork:
    Large Para Adams
    Purple Haze
    Grey Wulff
    Gray Drake parachutes
    March Brown thorax
    Royal Wulffs
    Two-tone San Juan (red/brown)
    Twenty Incher stone
    Pat's
    Double Bead Peacock Stone

    Lakes:
    Lots of stuff... balanced leeches, bionic worms, san juans, chironomids, buggers, kreelex, etc.


  • The Fishing

    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.

  • Water Cond

    Clark Fork River - big, but good. Hanging steady. High, but fishable

    Amber - good
    Medical - good
    Coffeepot - good

  • Spokane River, Washington

  • Hatches

    Logs

  • Flies

    To be determined in June.

  • The Fishing

    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.

  • Water Cond

    Upper and Lower Spokane are Closed now until June.

  • Current Flow

    19900 ft3/sec

    USGS Water-data graph Spokane River Washington State Prediction Flow
  • Steelhead Rivers

  • Flies

    N/A

  • The Fishing

    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!

  • Water Cond

    All the steelhead rivers are too high for good fly angling.

  • Current Flows

    Grande Ronde River at Troy - 8830 ft3/sec

    USGS Water-data graph Grande Ronde River Washington State Prediction Flow @ Troy

    Snake River at Anatone - 96500 ft3/sec

    USGS Water-data graph Snake River Washington State

    Clearwater River at Spalding - 28800 ft3/sec

    USGS Water-data graph Clearwater River Idaho State Prediction Flow @ Spalding