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 its 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 late winter until late fall. As winter thaws out hatches of midges, BWO's, Nemoura Stones, March Brown Mayflies, and the famous Skwala Stones get fish feeding on the surface. Salmonfly Stones, Pale Morning Dun Mayflies, Green Drakes, Yellow Sally stones, Golden Stones, and caddis make up the bulk of the Cutthroat's diet during the late spring into summer. 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

Our partner ROW Outfitters is permitted to float the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River through the end of June. Float trips are full day only on the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River. Floating the NF Coeur d'Alene is a fantastic way to fish and access hard to reach stretches of the river late winter through June during spring flows.

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Dry Fly Cutthroat Trout Fishing.
Photo by Michael Visintainer



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