June 1st River Report NF Coeur d Alene, St Joe, St. Regis, Clark Fork at St. Regis
Lets start with the St. Joe (9,200 CFS Calder), St. Regis (1,820 CFS) and Clark Fork at St. Regis (34,000 CFS) all are flowing at runoff stages. Your best bet is the NF of the Coeur d Alene.
The NF of the CDA is flowing at 671 CFS in Pritchard, 2,500 CFS Enaville and 4,200 CFS at Cataldo. The water temps are between 46-50 degrees depending if you are upstream of down stream. Hatches have been coming off in the morning and midday. Salmon Flies are out, but not in large numbers. Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones, PMD's and Brown Drakes are the dominate hatches right now. BWO's are out in smaller number and can be hit or miss depending where you are. There are also report of the caddis hatch starting. The NF of the CDA stretches over 50+ miles from Enaville to its upper reaches.. If a section isn't producing move on. Some areas will be more productive than others. I like the sections above Pritchard. It is less crowded and just plain prettier up there. Fly Fishing is more than just catching fish.
Our weather has been improving but can still be a little Helter Skelter. Today is cool temps between 48-58 degrees and possible thunder storms. On Tuesday we hit 90 degrees. With this cloud cover and a little cooler weather we could see some good baetis hatches. The NF CDA is very fishable right now. If you are in NW Montana and your usual river is in runoff it is definitely worth a trip over here to fish the NF of the CDA. Bring your boat even! If you are fishing stones just dress the top of the fly sparingly with floatant. A half drowned stone are more attractive to the trout because they will still be there when the trout rise to take them.
Here is a list of suggested flies.
Henry Fork Golden
Norm Wood Special
Improved Sofa Pillow
King's CDC Golden - I like this one because it floats very low in the water
Jake's Yellow Sally
UM Butt Yellow Sally
Gould's Half Down Sally - Another great fly tied to float low in the water
Adult Yellow Sally
Hilda's Spring Creek Mahogany
Galloup Tilt Wing in Rust, Olive or PMD - Awesome new fly!
PMD Cripple, Basic PMD
Stimmies in orange/yellow
PMX - Swisher Peacock and Original (tan body)
Kyles Yellow Sally
Galloup War Birds - another productive new fly
Pats Rubber Legs
Double B Stone Black
Fly Formally Known as Prince
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