I believe the run off has peaked and we will start to see the river levels come down. We are in for some unsettled weather over the next 10 days but the temps are trending up. The NF CDA is currently at 7,500 CFS and 42 degrees. The St Joe is 7,200 cfs and I don't have a water temp. but its probably in the low 40's. The weather may be unsettled but the hatches are out!
Current Hatches both the NF CDA and St. Joe
And reports of a few Salmon Flies
Hilda's Spring Creek Mahogany
Christian's Gray Drake
Carlson Copper Haze
Galloup Tilt Wing Rust
Galloup Tilt Wing Olive
Improved Sofa Pillow
King's CDC Stone
Trina Carnage Skwala
Norm Todd Special
If you have any questions give me a call at 208-556-1857 or stop by the shop. Have fun out there.
The St. Joe last July.
This is what we have to look forward to0! That's the upper St. Joe last July. Warm weather is almost here, but not today. As I sit in the shop to right this it is raining again. Yesterday was a blue bird day in the upper 50's to low 60's. Summer is almost here! did get out on SF of the CDA and the NF of the CDA earlier this week. So here is the report.
North Fork of the CDA is currently at 7,400 CFS as of this morning. This up from 5,500 on Tuesday, so we continue the roller coaster with the flows. The river temp at the confluence of the SF and NF was 40 degrees as it was at mile 17. That is still cold and the fish are still a little sluggish. The lower river is fishing much better than the upper above Prichard. Late winter still has a slight grip on the upper portion above mile 30. March Browns and Skawala's are out mid day and Gray Drakes are rumored to start soon. Weekend weather should be very nice! Screw doing yard work, Go Fishing!
Flies to try..
Trina's Carnage Skawala
Norm Wood's Special - Had good success with this one
King's CDC Golden Stone - Not a true Skawala but it worked well
Hilda's Spring Creek Mahogany #14
Galloup's Tilt Wing Rust #14
Kicking Klink Mahogany #12
Special Klink Duo #12 - This fly by Fulling Mill and has an additional eye on the bend of the hook for a dropper set up.
Black Double B Stone
Galloup War Bird
Kyles Golden Stone
Brillon's Lucent Jig - If you have not tried a jig you should
San Juan Worm
St. Joe Currently at 7,000 and like the NF CDA it is also on a slight roller coaster. I have not fished it, but reports and hatches are similar to the report above. I think if you have a box of flies with what is listed above you'll be all set.
Spent Monday and Tuesday fishing the NF of the CDA. Monday brought rain and snow. The river was flowing at about 6,000 cfs and was very off color. But if you were patient and picked your spots success could be had. I fished mostly streamers with some luck. I fished the lower section below the Little North Fork bridge. I did head up the Little NF road for about 2 miles to where there was still snow on the road. The Little NF looks fishable and will only start to pick up. Watch for trout heading up the tributaries as the run off continues.
Tuesday was a different weather story. It was sunny with temps going into the mid 50's and a slight breeze. At around noon the March Browns started to come off in large numbers. I also saw a few Skawallas. But there was not a lot of surface action. From the day before the river dropped down to 5200 CFS. On the 8th it was flowing at 9,500 CFS. That's a drop of 4,200 CFS in 4 days. This probably having an effect. As the flows start to level of the fishing will pick up. On Tuesday I headed up river and fished various locations between mile 20 and mile 30. it was a beautiful day. Sunday should be a carbon copy.
Stop by the shop and I'll show you whats working.