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Northwest Outfitters

Idaho Outfitter # 17908

Spring Hours

Monday - Friday: 9 - 6
Saturday: 9 - 5
Sunday: 10-4

Reported :4/29/2017

The Coeur d'Alene:

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7000 cfs at Enaville but dropping and supposed to keep dropping thru next week.  As the water drops and the weather warms we should have a good window before the high snow starts to come off.  Streamer fishing and nymphing has been a little slow to start overall but there have fish feeding up top and eating dries in the afternoon.  Blue Wings, March Browns, and skwala type stuff seem to be the most consistent throughout, with a little more action on the bigger bugs on the lower river.                

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The St. Joe:

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Flows are dropping, clarity is good and this should be a good bet this weekend.  The streamer fishing and nymphing has been decent most days until the dry flying starts in the afternoon which has been the most productive.  BWO's, march browns, and chernobyl type bugs have been getting fish up.  I would still focus on the slow water, eddies, inside seams etc., but there have been a few more fish looking up in decent current on the bigger bugs!                 

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Clark Fork
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On the drop and below 14,000 which is right where it has been for the last month.  Clarity is good for how high it is and the fishing has been pretty good as well.  Rubber legs, twenty inchers, san juans, princes, and pheasant tails should due the trick but there has been a good hatch mid day.  March Browns have been the go to, but Skwalas should be coming off anytime with the warmer weather.  A larger chernobyl with a prince or pheasant tail dropper should be a good option most of the day.  If there are a lot of naturals on the water, upsize your offering and put a dropper underneath or throw on an emerger or crippled pattern.  The eddies and slower banks will produce the most but be careful because there can be some pretty good hydrolics at these flows.
Starting to get better reports around Missoula as they are starting to come out of this crazy spring.  Rock Creek and the Bitterroot both are fishing well and flows aren't too high so it might be time to go exploring.  The Missouri and  some of the rivers around Bozeman have been a bright spot this spring and are probably worth checking out as well.      

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No more steelhead around here for us this year.  A few guys are heading to the Olympic Peninsula, but that is about it.    
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Hayden & Other Area Lakes:

The lakes have been staying consistent.  Amber, Coffe Pot, Medical have all been fishing well.  Leeches, balanced leeches, atomic worms, and chironomids under an indicator near the bank or stripped near the bottom on a full sink line should do the trick!  It should only get better as the water warms up.  North Idaho lakes are cold, but have finally started to get going.  Some reports of bass and pike on Hayden and the Chain lakes so they should be fun to check out soon as the rivers do their thing.  

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Hayden Lake

Spokane River
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Washington side Closed until June.  Idaho side is open but big.  


Click HERE to see the caliber of fish that are in Crab Creek - "any big rainbow that is in a tiny little creek" - they are impressive!

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Rivers We Fish Regularly:

The staff at Northwest Outfitters regularly fish the North Fork of the Clearwater, Kelly Creek, and The Lochsa River. Call the shop to find out the fishing status of these beautiful Idaho waterways.


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  • Spring Hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 9 - 6
    • Saturday: 9 - 5
    • Sunday: 10-4
    • 2171 N. Main St. (in Riverstone)
      Coeur d'Alene, ID 38314
    • 208.667.2707
    • 888.347.4223