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The St. Joe

Cooling off up here as well.  Mornings have slowed down so no need to get there too early, but a push of rain will help these next few days.  The lower river is fishing well so no need to go up to the top unless you are spending a few days but be ready since the nights are going to be a bit cooler now.  October caddis, spruce moths, smaller caddis, BWO’s, mahoganies, ants, beetles, will all still work well depending where on the river you are and the conditions.   Throwing streamers and getting a little deeper with some nymphs can make for a good day as well.

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Spokane River

Good option closer to home.  The upper river is fishing well for bass, but the water is cooling off so there have been a few trout around in the mornings and evenings.  The flows are coming up so the fishing is a little better now.  Once we get thru the next few hot days it should start getting better for trout as the nights really cool off.  Big nymphs under an indicator or swinging streamers on a sink tip are fun ways to cover the water!

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Steelhead

The Clearwater has been producing some steelhead and while it is a little early for the other rivers, this cooler weather has been awesome and should make them better options soon!  Floating lines and small flies are a fun way to cover the water this time of year, but any way you want to fish for them is a good way to spend your time!

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Lakes

Fish early and late with the hot weather.  Water temps are getting high in a lot of the area lakes so fishing has slowed down a little bit especially in the afternoons.  Top water poppers with a leech dropper has been effective when the fish are in tight to structure or a leech under an indicator off the rocky points and drop offs.

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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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