Water flow: 841 @ Enaville and stable
Visibility: 60 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 54 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 9-6
Best stretch: Entire River!
Best access point: Stick to the main roads. Most passes are still closed.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Golden Stones, Salmonflies, PMD's, Caddis and a few Green Drakes.
Fish species: Native Westslope Cutthroat Trout.
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: June - October)
Nearest airport: Spokane International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: PowerTaper WF
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip
A beautiful mountain river with many miles of great public access a short 40 minutes from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. West Slope Cutthroat are the native species and the river is catch and release only on these pretty fish. There is some pre runoff fishing most years but the season is best from mid May through the end of September. There is an excellent gallery of photos on the photo sharing website, www.flickr.com, ...
under my name, G.L. Britton. There is also an abundance of tributary hike in water that can offer a good deal of solitude along with the fishing. The scenery and wildflowers are absolutely spectacular along this river.
Water is low and clear so downsizing tippet and fly size should increase your production. Look for the big pools to still hold some fish especially in the heads of runs, but also spend some time walking between the pools fishing the smaller little buckets and riffles.
River is low for this time of year so you might as well hit it now. Cooler water up high should keep fish healthy, but they will become more wary and tougher to catch as the summer progresses.