Water flow: 490 @ Liberty Lake
Visibility: 44 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 38 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: afternoons
Best stretch: Idaho side for smallmouth bass and a few trout, Washington for trout
Best access point: Plenty of Centennial trail options
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Caddis, stoneflies, leaches, wooly buggers
Fish species: Rainbow Trout, smallmouth
Fishing season: Open
Nearest airport: Spokane
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: PowerTaper WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
The Spokane River in Washington is an urban fishery. It is not blessed with great numbers of fish but there are certain time windows when fishing improves and there are opportunities at good native rainbows with a few browns and cutthroat mixed in. It is a large river with dangerous float sections so make sure you understand the floats before you put in. My report will only consider the flowing sections ...
from Riverside State Park upstream to the Idaho State line.
Nymphing stoneflies and caddis, swinging a caddis soft hackle in the afternoon Occasional streamer fishing, but dead drifting big nymphs will probably work best.
Once we get thru this cold snap the spokane can fish pretty well in the winter. Not a numbers game, but some nice fish can be found primarily on streamers and nymphs.