Do you love to catch fish on dries? Well then... meet Mr. Cutthroat.

Releasing a Cutthroat Trout.
Photo by Michael Visintainer

Located just east of Spokane, the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene's emerald waters flow south through the Silver Valley before entering into Lake Coeur d'Alene. Due to it's location and scenery, the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River is a great stream to take a guided fly fishing trip on.

The North Fork is a dry fly fisherman's paradise where Westslope Cutthroat rise to dries from Memorial Day weekend all the way through October. Pale morning dun mayflies, green drakes, yellow sally stones, and giant golden stones make up the bulk of the Cutthroat's diet during the summer. As summer heats up the terrestrial fishing gets going with ants, hoppers, and beetles keeping the fish looking up. During mid-to-late September the river comes alive again with fabulous hatches of blue winged olive and mahogany dun mayflies, as well as giant October caddis. With no shortages of hatches and lower elevation, the cutthroat on the North Fork have a longer growing season resulting in some exceptional cutthroat. "Cutties" in the 20" range are not uncommon here!

The Coeur d'Alene also has no shortages of wildlife either. Moose, deer, elk, and bear frequent the river banks looking for water.

Walk and Wade Fly Fisherman on the North Fork Coeur d'Alene
Photo by Sean Visintainer

Most fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene is walk-and-wade however we are permitted to float through June. Our float and walk/wade trips are full day only on the Coeur d'Alene. Floating the Coeur d'Alene is a fantastic way to fish the river early in the summer while the water is still dropping from runoff.

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Dry Fly Cutthroat Trout Fishing.
Photo by Michael Visintainer



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