Spokane River, Washington
Capnia - Winter stones
Pats Rubber Legs - hot bead pats, black
Double Bead Stones - black or peacock
Hot Bead San Juan
BH Pheasant Tails
Lead Eye Leeches
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.
Flows have bumped up some more. Pretty limited.
North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Pats Rubber legs
Double bead stones
Small Copper Johns
Hot bead nymphs
Mr Creepo - All colors
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.
St. Joe River, Idaho
Larger profile sculpin patterns
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!
Cold but fishable on the lower river.
Current Flow at Calder
Prediction Flow - Calder
Clark Fork, Montana
BH Pheasant Tails
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.
Current Flow at St. Regis
Prediction Flow - St. Regis
Crystal BWO PT's
Soft tex scud
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.
Rocky Ford - always good!
Bjorn's Goth Angel
Bjorn's Ghost Face
Loop Leeches - purple, black, black/chart
Black Double Bead Stone
Hot Bead Jumbo Prince
Beads / Globugs
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.
Simms Exstream Bootfoot Waders - Felt --- 30% Off Large / 11 In store Only! 1 Left
Grande Ronde - Was good.
Snake River - Too high
Grande Ronde River at Troy - 3360 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Troy
Snake River at Anatone - 36100 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Anatone
Clearwater River at Spalding - 14100 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Spalding