Sage Foundation Fly Rod


  • Spokane River, Washington

  • Hatches

    Caddis
    Hoppers

  • Flies

    Clodhopper - red, pink
    Mongo Hoppers - peach, tan
    Chubbies - Royal, purple
    Jig Hare's Ear Soft Hackle
    Peacock Soft Hackle
    Jig Prince
    BH Batman
    Partridge Caddis Pupa
    Peacock Red Butt Soft Hackle


  • The Fishing

    Took advantage of the change in weather yesterday and did some fishing on the upper Spokane. The trout agreed the weather change was good. The jigged hare's ear dropper under a chubby chernobyl found some nice redbands for Jennifer right out of the gate and I did well swinging soft hackles (large beadhead caddis pupa trailed by a smaller soft hackle). A small, short 2" strip with the soft hackle seemed to do really well to entice more fish. For fishing mid day and just for a couple hours it was pretty solid.

    The guides the last few days said the fishing has been decent for them as well. Most fish have either been on the dropper below a hopper/chernobyl or on the nymph rig. No rhyme or reason to which flies have been the producers, somedays the larger pats stones or twenty inch jigs... somedays you can't buy a fish on those and it's all on the smaller caddis pupa or attractor nymphs. Some days you can get some eats on the surface mid day, but usually it's later evening the past week. That's fishing.

  • Water Cond

    Nice summer level.

  • Current Flow

    1190 ft3/sec

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

  • Hatches

    Hoppers
    Ants

  • Flies

    Ants
    Hi-Viz Spinner
    Small chernobyls
    Beetles
    Pink Pookie
    Black Magic
    PMX Yellow
    Hoppers - we got hoppers! Morrish hoppers, mongo hoppers, clodhoppers...

    Droppers under dries
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    physco prince yellow, lightning bugs, bh flash pt's, prince nymphs

  • The Fishing

    Not much new to report from the NF Coeur d'Alene River. Early mornings on the the lower to mid river will be best with a hopper, ant, or beetle. Small attractors or a purple haze will find fish in slower water that has depth. Tuber emergence is around 11am and will ruin the fishing experience (sorry if you like to tube, actually wait... no I'm not it ruins the fishing and creates more litter in the river). Above Prichard water is low and fishable slots are hard to find in low water. Longer finer leaders make a big difference during the summer. A beadhead caddis pupa, lightning bug type of pattern under the hopper is a good game plan.

  • Water Cond

    Low

  • Current Flow

    Prichard = 95.7 ft3/sec

    Cataldo = 442 ft3/sec

    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

    Hoppers
    Ants
    Small PMDs

  • Flies

    Clod Hopper - red, peach, pink
    Little Juan Hoppers
    Parachute Hopper
    Hopper Foam - flesh
    Mongo Hopper
    Hi-Viz Rusty Spinner
    Ants
    Beetles
    Crippled Caddis - tan
    Hemmingway Caddis
    Parachute Adams or purple haze
    Hippie stompers or Grumpy Frumpy
    PMX
    Mini Nobles


    Droppers
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    Bjorn's Purple Pretty, Tungsten Soft Hackle PT, lightning bugs, BH Rubber Leg PT's, BH Flashback PT's, G6 Caddis (tan or olive), jigged hare's ear

  • The Fishing

    Good fishing by the sounds of it reported our friend Malyn. He said wade fishing around Calder and Avery was great with terrestrials (red), stones, adams and some streamers. Angling traffic was light. If temps stay cool that will keep the tubers to a minimum... hopefully. Good reports from above Avery too, same program, terrestrials, attractors, etc. Hopper / dropper combos. Larger flies will get the eats in faster slots, smaller low profile patterns will get the eats in softer water and seams. Mid day will slow down. Morning is good, evening is decent. Cooler temps will help!

  • Water Cond

    Summertime low water. Decent for August.

  • Current Flow at Calder

    504 ft3/sec

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

  • Hatches

    Caddis
    Hoppers
    A few PMD's

  • Flies

    Clodhopper - red, purple, peach
    Mongo Hopper - Peach
    Parachute hopper - tan
    Chernobyls
    Turks Tarantula - red, yellow
    Gypsy King - Black (evening)
    X-caddis
    Purple Haze
    Mini Nobles - purple, pink

    Nymphs
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    BH Flashback Pt's, tung caddis pupa, G6 Caddis, Partridge Caddis, San Juan (brown/red), pats rubber legs, bh prince

  • The Fishing

    Bo floated the Clark Fork yesterday on Sunday and said it was typical Clark Fork... hot one minute, then a long period of nothing, then hot again. With the cloud cover he thought it would be better. He said a small hopper was probably the best. Streamers produce mostly northern pike minnow. Mid day it would probably best to do some dredging with a san juan or pats stone and caddis pupa or beadhead flashback pt type below it.

  • Water Cond

    Low, clear, summer level. Getting warm in afternoon, check temps if they get above 70 degrees best to stop fishing.

  • Current Flow at St. Regis

    2680 ft3/sec

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

  • Flies

    NF Clearwater / Kelly Creek -
    Hoppers!
    Ants
    Beetles
    Purple Haze
    Crystal Humpy
    Pink Pookie
    Headlight yellow sally






  • The Fishing

    NF Clearwater / Kelly Creek -
    Trout Creek Rd to Hoodoo Pass is still closed, but I believe Cedar Creek Rd out of Superior is still accessible for those wanting to venture to this neck of the woods. The alternate route is to head to Lewiston, then up to Pierce to the NF Clearwater main stem and up from there. From Spokane it is a haul but doable. My good friend Patrick S. just got back from 3 days of fishing there and said fishing was still good compared to his previous trip a few weeks back. Fish though were more particular he noted saying smaller patterns worked better. Tricos, caddis, bwo's were the main ones. Other folks said some action on hoppers but more on beetles and ants. Droppers under a hopper of course are always a good call. Beadhead caddis would be a top choice for me, or a lightning bug style fly. Patrick also mentioned smoke had cleared out of the area towards the end of his trip and angling pressure wasn't too bad after Saturday. If you are willing to make the drive you will probably do well here.

    Kootenai -
    A very good option for the month of August. Cold water and plenty of it. Best fished by a boat. Lately a pink or yellow hopper or chernobyl with a beadhead dropper has been working. Droppers like caddis pupa, jigged hares ear, batmans, etc hung 2-3' below. Some streamer action with Galloup articulated style flies. Morning and evening best with dries. Late evening a PMX or black chernobyl should be good. Mid day a double bead peacock stone or pat's rubber leg with a caddis pupa, lightning bugs, or princes will find fish.

  • Water Cond

    TROUT CREEK ROAD CLOSED TO HOODOO PASS DUE TO SUNRISE FIRE NEARBY

  • Steelhead Rivers

  • Flies

    Mouse Patterns
    Poppers
    Rubber Leg Conehead Buggers
    Crayfish
    BassTurds

  • The Fishing

    Grande Ronde -
    Wayne Jordan from the shop fished the mouth of the Grande Ronde this week and while he didn't slay them he did say all the patterns he fished were productive. This time of the year I usually find streamers to be more productive than top water, while top water mice or poppers will find some fish I like throwing conehead rubber leg buggers, marabout leeches, crayfish, etc in the shallow riffles along the edges, especially with some rock structure.

  • Water Cond

    Grande Ronde -

  • Current Flows

    Grande Ronde River at Troy - 586 ft3/sec

    USGS Water-data graph Grande Ronde River Washington State

    Snake River at Anatone - 17600 ft3/sec

    USGS Water-data graph Snake River Washington State

    Clearwater River at Spalding - 10700 ft3/sec

    USGS Water-data graph Clearwater River Idaho State