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The St. Joe

The Joe is fishing well and should continue to open up as it stays on the drop.  The upper river is still swift but starting to settle into the summer flows.  The lower rive has continued to fish well especially if you are floating.   Foam bugs with deep droppers will find fish until you see some risers.  Drakes, march browns, blue wings, yellow sallies etc are on the menu!

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Spokane River

The Spokane has been fishing well.  There are plenty of bass on the upper side, but with this cooler weather we are still finding some nice trout.  The trout tend to be in the faster water and the bass in the slower, deeper sections or on the seams.  Tandem nymph rigs and streamer rigs are the best bet on the upper sections.  As you get lower down the river a hopper dropper set up is a little better and there might even be some caddis and bwo hatches.

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Lakes

Balanced leeches have been working on the bass and panfish.  Water temps have come up in most of the lakes so look around docks and structure to hold fish.  A lot of the rocky points will hold smallmouth right now which is a blast on a fly rod.  Pike fishing has been okay as well.  Keep casting and you will find one eventually.

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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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