NF CDA - North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Pretty quiet from this neck of the woods lately. The North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River is still an option to fish especially with some warmer temps in the forecast this week. Last weekend's cold snap definitely will have slow some of the action. Nymphing with smaller beadhead patterns (pt's, small copper johns, midge pupa, etc) will be my top pick in the slower pools. Slow stripping a streamer through the pools too will be a good idea. On the warmest days, during the mid day you might see a few risers on midges and small bwo's. The window will be short for any sort of action but with the way the forecast is looking I would say it's worth one more shot still.
St. Joe River, Idaho
Cold weather pretty much shut down the St. Joe for the rest of the season. Unless we get some pretty warm days it will be a tough go on the Joe. My friend Len G. was down there this past weekend and said it was good Friday, but after the snow and cold snap hit it shut down completely.
Reports from here will be pretty infrequent until we get to the later part of winter. IF you are desperate to hit the St. Joe over the last part of November - early February plan on very cold water temps. Dredging a slow moved streamer, or double nymph rig (san juan, pats, double bead stones, midge pupa, small copper johns or pts, etc) will be the best shot at a cutthroat.
Current Flow at Calder
Prediction Flow - Calder
Spokane River, Washington
A little colder on the Spokane River the last few days, but don't forget this is the one river around the region that doesn't freeze and will continue to fish all winter. We found fish on streamers this past weekend and some bwo feeders in calm water. White was the best choice for streamers, although other colors like the JJ Sparkle minnow got some love. Nymphing slower currents will also find fish, a stonefly nymph with a smaller pheasant tail type of bug will be perfect. Late morning into the late afternoon will be best. As you approach 4pm it will definitely slow down.
Not a hell of a lot report outside of the Spokane and Grande Ronde Rivers lately. Lots of folks quit fishing this time of the year!
Only semi-decent report other than those recently was Rocky Ford. Mostly smaller fish, but the catching has been good. Changing flies often has been the key to keeping the action going. Midges, scuds, baetis nymphs. Usual stuff.
Grande Ronde -
Good reports from Kelby the last couple days. Said he his family picked up seven fish. Some swung, most nymphed. Sink-tips with patterns like egg sucking loop leeches, Bjorn's tug bug, wombats, intruders, etc will be best for the swing crowd. Hot bead stones with an egg (or bead) dropper for the nympho crowd. Water temps are cold so focus on the slower water. Warmer temps the last couple days will help.
Idaho is closing down steelheading as of December 7th.
Anatone Cafe is open and kicking out killer food. Boggan's is reopened.
Grande Ronde River at Troy - 736 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Troy
Snake River at Anatone - 14500 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Anatone
Clearwater River at Spalding - 5010 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Spalding
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