Spokane River, Washington
Purple Haze Parachutes
BWO Sparkle Duns / Cripples
Pats Rubber Legs - peacock, black
Double Bead Stones - black or peacock
Jig Hare's Ear Soft Hackle
Peacock Soft Hackle
Bjorn's Baddest Caddis
Partridge Caddis Pupa
Small dark soft hackles
Small bh pheasant tail nymphs
Lead Eye Leeches
We were out on the Spokane Saturday and had good fishing. The streamer bite had improved, possibly due to the fact we have a little more volume in the river now. Nymphing of course found fish, pats and a caddis pupa has been a standard bobber rig combo lately. Lots of fall caddis hatching still. Haven't seen an October Caddis since the past weekend. The bwo hatch has been very good on the overcast/rainy days and fish will key in on them big time. They can be picky so bring your A-game with your presentation but it can be fun, challenging fishing here on the home river. Mid morning through the early evening is still good fishing. Weather looks pretty stellar for late October and should be another good week on the Spokane.
Good flows for October.
North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Purple Haze Parachute
Orange Elk Hair Caddis
D & D Cripples - bwo, mahogany
Last Chance Cripple - bwo, mahogany
Pats Rubber legs
Double bead stones
Anato-mays - olive
Small Copper Johns
Mr Creepo - All colors
Good fishing on the NF Coeur d'Alene River with the nice weather we have had. Look for rainy, cloudy weather to bring on more bwo's and the nymph / streamer game to be the most consistent. The window of good dry fly fishing will be the warmest part of the day. Midges, and some October caddis fishing and potentially mahogany duns. Nymph rigs should consist of a stone or worm with a beadhead below it... something like a pt, anato-may, small black copper john, skinny nelson, zebra midge... you get the idea. Slower currents and deeper pools will be key with the drop in temp recently. Great time to be on the NF Coeur d'Alene with the fall colors!
Junk Yard boat access is closed on the Coeur d'Alene! Access is marked private property no trespassing.
Low, easy wading.
Prichard = 249 ft3/sec
Cataldo = 1120 ft3/sec
St. Joe River, Idaho
Orange or rusty chubbies
Mahogany Dun adults / emergers
Tungsten Soft Hackle PT
BH Rubber Leg PT's
BWO Beadhead nymphs
Small sculpins, rubber leg conehead buggers
Our guide Bill Johnson reported good fishing the St. Joe River this week. Caddis pupa imitations like the sparkle pupa worked well, and very small purple haze on the surface during the 1-3pm window. Slow currents, foam lines, and slicks were best. Bill did say they were picky and challenging but a lot of fun. Nymphing or slow moved streamers in the morning hours will find fish too before things warm up. I'd suggest a smaller double bead stone, san juan, or prince with a small pt, copper john, or zebra midge below it.
Good fall level. Easy wading. Skinny for floating but could drag through some riffles.
Current Flow at Calder
Clark Fork, Montana
Orange or Rusty Chubbies
Mahogany Sparkle Duns and Cripples
Purple Haze Parachutes and Cripples
BH Pheasant tails
Pat's Rubbers Legs
No reports as of late... probably worth fishin! Plan on potentially October caddis, mahogany duns, and bwo's. Bring some small parachutes, midges, and ants. I would still try some chernobyls or hoppers. Nymphing / streamer fishing in morning is a good idea. Pats, san juans, pt's, usual patterns.
Current Flow at St. Regis
NF Clearwater / Kelly Creek -
Recent rains here translated to a lot of snow up on Hoodoo Pass. I saw a video a friend sent me of the road going up to Hoodoo... definitely not worth it, pretty sketchy just to catch some trout. Better to hit the lower St. Joe or NF CdA.
Rocky Ford -
Wayne Jordan from the shop swung by here while out lake fishing the desert region the other day. Said fishing was crazy good with callibaetis dries he reported. He also noted it was weedy as shit on the upper end and the cattails were as tall you him so hit the lower end of the parking lots.
NF Clearwater / Kelly Creek - snowed in
For Traditionals -
Bjorn's Happy Hour - purple or blue
Bjorn's Clearwater Crusher
Green Butt Skunk
Purple Green Butt Skunk
Light unweighted Burnt Chicken
Loop Leeches - purple, black, black/chart
Beads / Globugs
Grande Ronde -
Good fishing reports the guide staff on Grande Ronde. There has been bump in flows, but according to Travis it still very fishable and not bad at all. The guys putting up the most numbers are nymphing. Don't like nymphing? Well to each there own. Sink-tips and leeches will find some fish here and there. Warmer temps this week will keep the swing game alive still. Traditionals will be the toughest prospecting tactic with water temps being chilly already (which is nothing out of the ordinary btw)
Clearwater River -
Nothing new this week. Has been decent fishing here with typical catch rates. Guys fishing intruders/leeches or nymphing are doing better.
Snake River -
Fishing well as it typically does this time of the year. Traditionals yup, leeches yup, nymph rigs sure. Anglers? Yes, definitely.
Clearwater - Bump in flows, still a good level
Grande Ronde - Bump in flows, not too bad though
Snake - Bump in flows, still a great level
Grande Ronde River at Troy - 1830 ft3/sec
Snake River at Anatone - 17300 ft3/sec
Clearwater River at Spalding - 7520 ft3/sec