We have had a busy few days with river trips, daughters visiting and people in the shop. I apologize for the delay of the reports. Well, summer is in full force. It has not rained since I don't know when. The flows on all the rivers has slowed down and the water temps are rising. The early morning and late, late afternoon to evening are your best bets to landing some fish. Caddis are coming off in the evenings on all 3 rivers. Stick to the deeper runs and shade. Trout may also be found hiding in the riffles. One thing I have noticed is that cutthroat tend to make little sips when they take your fly. I have seen more misses because of excess slack in the line. Keep the lines tight and mend and you will land more fish. Slack is your enemy!
The Clark Fork in St. Regis ID
Flows 4,000 CFS Water Temps 62 degrees
Hatches Yellow Sallies, Caddis in PM, Hoppers, Ants
I floated the St. Regis to 14 Bridge section on Friday. We put on at 7:30 AM and it was 55 degrees but that heated up quickly to 80 by noon. We aren't seeing large, strong hatches so trying to match the hatch is not a problem. Throwing double rig dries with a large Stimmie up front and a smaller stimmie or ant worked well. Hopper droppers with a Prince, Copper John or a Pats Rubber Leg trailing was working. 12-4 PMX, SF Chernobyls, foam worked well. Small hoppers has also been bringing them up. Be creative. I'll be guiding the river the next 3 days. Feel free to call the shop and book a trip on the forth day!
Red Evan's Foam Baby #14-12
SF Chernobyl Ant #12
Jake's Trigger Belly Lavander #12-10
Grumpy Frumpy #12-16
Stimmie's Yellow or Orange #10-14
Yeti Hopper #12
Osteen Hopper Purple #10
More or Less Hopper Gray or Tan #10-12
Fly Formerly Known as Prince
Pats Rubber Legs
Kyles Yellow Sally
St Joe River
Flows 787 CFS Water Temp. 60
Hatches, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones, Hoppers and Ants
I have had a lot of positive reports on the St. Joe the past 10 days. All were fishing above Avery. In various areas the canyon can get a little narrow and shadowy. Focus on these areas and the deeper runs during the day. Hoppers, ant and foam worked mid morning to afternoon The evening caddis hatch is going to be your best bet for solid fishing. If it get a little too dark to see your flies try swing an ovulating or soft hackle caddis. If you are looking to wade fish and trying to decide between the NF CDA and The Joe, go to the Joe. The drive is longer but it is fishing better right now.
Sedge Hammer Caddis in Green #12-14
Ballon Hammer Caddis #12-14
Struggling Green Caddis #14-12
Black High Rider #14-12
Cinnamon Caddis #14-12
RogueRiver Golden Stone
Wilson's Little Golden Stone
Yeti Hopper #12-10
Osteen Hopper Purple #12-10
More or Less Hoppers
North Fork of the Coeur d Alene
Flows 130 Prichard, 592 Cataldo Water Temp. 62 at mile 16
As noted above if you are looking to wade fish during the day I'd head to The Joe over the NF CDA right now. The flow is low and water temperature are going up. You also have to contend with he Beer/Bikini/Tube hatch. You may encounter this hatch except in the upper reaches. But all this being said there is a very good caddis hatch coming off in the evening. With it staying light until until 9:30 this is a great alternative to the hot days.
Clasic Elk Hair
Sedge Hammer Caddis
Balloon Hammer Caddis
Para Cinny Ants
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