|Bull River Brown caught by IDFFA member BO|
The Bull flows for about twenty-five mile due south and ends in the Clark Fork River at Bull River Kootenai National Forest Campground. This is a beautiful float, but I must caution the last four to six miles is steep and treacherous. This section is not really floatable unless you are and expert kayaker. From where the lower section begins, almost up to the lake, there are several access points. Pitch is very gradual and it is easy to row. Fishing in the spring is in this section can be incredible! There are some huge browns and nice cutthroat as well.
|Bull Cutty caught on a Brown Drake 6/14/2011|
The Brown Drake hatch is unbelievable in the spring. Insects are huge (size 6-10) and the trout are ravenous. The Bull is predominately known for its huge brown trout, but I have personally seen large schools of bull trout weighing on the average five pounds and perhaps more. I have also caught some really nice cutthroat trout in the 16-20 inch range and an occasional nice rainbow. The fishing seems to slow down in the summer with less prolific hatches, but fish can be had. If you see one other boat while you fish there, I would be very surprised. Out-of-the way and a little hard to find, this is really a great spring fly fishing river. Find highway 56 going north off scenic highway 200 along the Clark Fork River just 10 miles east from where it crosses into Idaho. The Bull parallels highway 200. If you can find no other person with whom to fish, call or email me. I will definitely go with you.