I spent last Thursday, Sunday and Monday fishing the NF of the Coeur d Alene. It was some of the best fishing I have encountered in the last 2 year on the NF CDA. The river levels are perfect, water temps are optimal and we have great weather. If your local rivers are still in runoff ( Montana) head this way you will not be disappointed. We camped at Kit Price on Sunday and Monday, so we experienced the entire day and evening of hatches. PMDs were coming off in the morning, followed by Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Drakes then PMDs. We saw caddis, but not in large numbers. Low riding Golden Stone patterns worked well as did PMDs and large Klinkhammer patterns. In the early morning and between hatches I tied on some large ant patterns and they brought cutts up from the depth. The river fished well throughout the entire day tapering off at dusk. If you have been waiting for the flows to come down, now is the time to get out there.
Flows, 290 CFS Prichard 54 degrees, 1,500 CFS 55 degrees
Suggested Flies - This just a sample, stop by the shop to get the full picture
Kings CDC Golden Stone - This fly was working hard on Sun. & Mon.
Rogue River Golden
Norm Woods Golden
Jakes Yellow Sally
Flying Cinny Ant - another fly that was working hard when nothing else was hatching
Black Foam Ant
Western Green Drake
Galloup Tilt Wing. PMD - of all the PMD patterns I used this was the best.
Royal Trudes, Royal or Lime
South Fork Chernobyl- 12 or smaller
PMX - 14 or smaller
St. Joe River
3,200 CFS Calder no temp
While not at optimal flows The Joe is fishing very well right now. The river is uncrowned so this should be a great time to go. Moon Pass from Wallace to Avery is now open. The pass from St. Regis is still closed. If you hear that it is open let me know. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, & Drakes are all coming off now. Ants are also working.
Cinny Flying Ant
Travis Green Drake
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Gregg Maddock is the owner of Wallace Fly Shop.