Spokane River, Washington
Welcome to Smok-ane. Smokey weather is keeping most folks off of the Spokane River, though there have been a few diehards out that past handful of days since the thick smoke rolled in from all the fires. Cooler temps created by the false cloud cover are good for the fishing as well as longer, cooler nights. Trout spey guys are swinging up some fish, tough to beat a zirdle bug with a soft hackle trailer this time of the year when swinging. Big chernobyls and chubbies with 2-3' droppers are great right now. Dropper and nymph rigs could include (but not limited to): jig hare's ear, jig caddis, jig prince, tungsten caddis pupa, Roza's tag flies, red darts, etc. Swing some soft hackles through the riffles for something different if you don't want to euro nymph or toss bobbers.
Call us to book a guided trip this fall on the Spokane River and see what you have been missing out on.
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NF CDA - North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Zero reports from the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River lately since the smoke rolled in. Educated guessing would say with the time of the year, low clear water, fake cloud cover, etc you would have okay fishing if you want to deal with the smoke. Ants, small parachutes, bwo's will be likely suspects. A hopper / dropper through the riffles should find a few as well.
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St. Joe River, Idaho
The St. Joe has been suffering from smoke like most places around the region. While not as bad as Spokane, it currently is there too. The weather has cooled off and if you are willing to deal with the smoke (aka false cloud cover) you will probably have decent fishing. Ants for sure, beetles yes, hoppers still producing a little, definitely small bwo's / parachute kinda stuff. Nymphing or streamers in the morning hours.
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Clark Fork -
Mike and I fished the Clark Fork this past weekend. A little less smokey over there, but that could of changed since then. Some trico and pseudo baetis in the early morning hours, hoppers late morning and afternoon with long droppers (Spanish bullets, tungsten pt's, etc). Euro rigs through the riffles produced, patters like the jig twenty inchers, blow torch, red darts, perdigons, etc).
North Fork Clearwater / Kelly Creek -
Busy last weekend, but good fishing still and clear skies reported our friend Malyn. Streamer fishing in the morning hours is productive. Dry fly fishing has been best with ants, a few October caddis starting to make an appearance.
Not a lot of "new" news on the steelhead rivers. I'd say the Clearwater is still your best shot, mostly on the lower end, but I wouldn't be afraid of traveling upriver to areas like Cherry Lane or a little higher. Fish don't have a magical barrier they stop at.
Grande Ronde River is getting to be about that time to start poking around now that we are in the second half of September. While it is in on the early side of things there are typically some fish that are hellbent on getting upriver into Oregon quickly.
Grande Ronde River at Troy - 694 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Troy
Snake River at Anatone - 16400 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Anatone
Clearwater River at Spalding - 6680 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Spalding
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