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The St. Joe

The St. Joe has been fishing well in the high water.  Clarity is good and the warmer days have had some bugs out.  Streamer fishing and nymphing will be good in the slower water if you aren’t seeing fish up.  Places to wade are limited, so choose your spots wisely.  Floating the lower river is a good option until flows come up again.

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Exploring the Diverse Fish Population of North Fork of the Clearwater River through Fly Fishing

The North Fork of the Clearwater River in North Idaho is a prime destination for fly fishing enthusiasts. With its clear, cold water and diverse fish population, the North Fork of the Clearwater River offers a unique and exciting fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels.

One of the most popular species to catch in the North Fork of the Clearwater River is the Steelhead. These migratory fish are known for their strength and endurance, making them a highly sought-after catch for fly fisherman. They can be found in the lower reaches of the river, where the water is warmer and slower. The best time to catch these fish is during the fall and winter months, when they are returning to the river to spawn.

Another species that can be found in the North Fork of the Clearwater River is the Rainbow trout. These fish are known for their colorful appearance and strong fighting power, making them a thrilling catch for fly fisherman. They can be found throughout the river, but are more common in the upper reaches where the water is cold and clear. The best time to catch these fish is during the spring and summer months, when the water is warmer and the fish are more active.

When fly fishing the North Fork of the Clearwater River, it’s essential to understand the river’s flow and structure. The river has a mix of fast runs and slow pools, which makes it an excellent spot for both dry and wet fly fishing. In the fast runs, you can use a dry fly to imitate the natural insects that the fish are feeding on, while in the slow pools, you can use a nymph or streamer to imitate the subsurface insects.

The North Fork of the Clearwater River also offers great opportunities for catch and release fishing, especially for the rare and protected bull trout which can be found in the lower section of the river.

When planning a trip to the North Fork of the Clearwater River, it’s essential to consider the time of year and the flow of the river. The best time to fish the North Fork of the Clearwater River is typically from early May to late September, but always check the flow and water conditions before heading out.

In conclusion, the North Fork of the Clearwater River is a must-visit destination for fly fisherman looking for a unique and exciting fishing experience. With its clear, cold water, diverse fish population and beautiful scenery, the North Fork of the Clearwater River offers something for anglers of all skill levels.

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Fly Fishing the Lochsa River: A Challenging and Rewarding Experience

The Lochsa River, located in North Idaho, is a fly fisherman’s paradise. With its crystal clear water and diverse fish population, the Lochsa River offers a challenging and rewarding fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels.

One of the most popular species to catch in the Lochsa River is the Westslope Cutthroat trout. These fish are known for their aggressive strikes and acrobatic jumps, making them a thrilling catch for fly fisherman. They can be found in the upper reaches of the river, where the water is cold and clear. The best time to catch these fish is during the summer months, when the water is low and clear, and the fish are more active.

Another species that can be found in the Lochsa River is the Bull Trout. These fish are larger and more elusive than the Cutthroat trout, but they can be caught using the same techniques. They are found in the lower reaches of the river, where the water is warmer and slower. The best time to catch these fish is during the fall, when they are preparing for spawning.

When fly fishing the Lochsa River, it’s essential to understand the river’s flow and structure. The river has a mix of fast runs and slow pools, which makes it an excellent spot for dry fly fishing. In the fast runs, you can use a dry fly to imitate the natural insects that the fish are feeding on, while in the slow pools, you can use a nymph or streamer to imitate the subsurface insects.

The Lochsa River is also home to a variety of other species such as rainbow trout, whitefish and smallmouth bass. The Lochsa River offers a great chance for anglers to catch multiple species in one day, making it a unique and exciting fly fishing destination.

When planning a trip to the Lochsa River, it’s essential to consider the time of year and the flow of the river. The best time to fish the Lochsa River is typically from early May to late September, but always check the flow and water conditions before heading out.

All in all, the Lochsa River is a must-visit destination for fly fisherman looking for a challenging and rewarding fishing experience. With its crystal clear water, diverse fish population and beautiful scenery, the Lochsa River offers something for anglers of all skill levels.

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New Website!

Northwest Outfitters would like to announce the launch of our new website! Things have been difficult and constantly changing in the wake of the COvid-19 pandemic, as any small business will tell you. During this time we have been trying to stay as productive as possible. One of the main things that we’ve been busy with is building our new website with the help of another local business called the ArtcoLab.

We have been working hard to launch our new website by building more content, increased access to helpful information, providing more streamlined opportunities for our clients to go on guided trips. Most importantly we want to be better able to engage with our customers and help them to have the best experience possible when they are on the water.

Some new additions to our site.

  • We added an online store where customers will be able to purchase essentials, gear, guided trips, gift certificates, and custom merchandise.
  • Guided Trips can now be purchased on our website.
  • We have added an updated gallery and we will continue to add more photos and videos in the future.
  • There is a new Articles tab where we will be posting fly fishing techniques, stories, biographies, and much more.
  • We also added a new “Meet the Guides,” section where you can learn more about our guiding staff.
  • We added a new option in our online store called the Guides Choice Selection where we offer pre-made assortments of flies tailored to current conditions.

As always, our River Reports section will be continually updated with the latest fly fishing information specific to our area. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, always feel free to call us in the shop during store hours or shoot us an e-mail.

We hope that everyone is doing well and staying safe and we look forward to seeing all of our customers back in the shop again!

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