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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sandpoint Idaho Fly Fishing


View of Lake Pend Oreille from Schweitzer Mountain
YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog proudly presents for your pleasure the coolest town in the northwest--Sandpoint, ID. Voted this year as the most beautiful town in the lower 48 by USA Today and Rand-McNally; you have got to see this town! There is easy access by car from I-90, I-80 and I-15 or by plane directly into Spokane, WA from many major hubs. You can even take the AmTrak directly into town if you prefer. But I must warn you, once you have experienced the “Long Bridge Effect” you may never want to leave.

Nice North Idaho Buck
The effect of which I speak is the breathtaking, panoramic view once you cross Lake Pend Oreille. This is a glacial lake which has a small hydroelectric dam on the Pend Oreille River on the west side. Reliable maps put the maximum depth at 1158 feet at its deepest near Whiskey Point to the south. A must see in the summer is the Bayview section to the south with it sailing regattas and houseboat village.

Sandpoint itself is small and quaint with great shoTpping, restaurants and wine tasting. While you are there, don’t forget to go up to Schweitzer Mountain ski area and see why it is rated #9 for tree skiing and #21 overall  in the US. It is now Thanksgiving Day and they have already received 77” of powder. PS-Schweitzer is a great mountain bike destination in the summer as well.

Lake Pend Oreille Kamloop
Now how about the fishing? Well, if trolling for large lake trout is your thing, go and catch some of theirs. The Kamloops can be huge and put up quite the fight. There are several guide services available to show you a really great time. But what about the fly fishing?

The fly fishing Idaho season is now open year round in the north. There is some good nymph and streamer fishing when it’s cold, but you will have to wear neoprene waders and stop frequently to kick the snow off your boots. The season for hatches and hoppers is generally April until late October. Rivers within a 2 hour drive of Sandpoint include the: Bull with its own special brand of “hogs”, Clark Fork, Flathead, Kootenai, Moyie and Vermilion rivers. And you really should not forget some of the smaller, yet very productive creeks like: Grouse, Lightning and Rapid Lightning creeks that are all only a stone’s throw from Sandpoint.

Kids Tubing Down the Moyie R.
Don’t miss this jewel located in the panhandle section of the state. Breathe the scent of the evergreens, take in the vistas and relax in the temperate climate. You can cool off in the summer and warm up in the winters. Come fly fish Idaho with us. Sandpoint should be on everyone’s “Bucket List” if you consider yourself an outdoor person. Oh yeah! I almost forgot! The hunting is incredible too.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Tags: Moyie River - What, where, when.
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