|Not many fishermen up high!|
"St. Joe (ID) means Cutties" is presented by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. I have lived here for 2 1/2 years and never fished this great river. Reputably the foremost cutthroat trout stream in the country, I had to see for myself.
|17" Cutthroat - Sorry, flopped as I took photo.|
We fished about 35 miles above the town of Avery, ID. The river here is about 50 yards wide and fairly shallow. We caught most of our fish in just 2-3 feet of gin clear water. In the morning, the fish would hit just about anything on top including yellow Crackle-Backs, Male Adams and Royal Wulffs. In the afternoon, we were more successful with size 14-16 Stimulators with yellow bodies and orange or red heads. Most of our many fish were in the 12 inch range, but we landed one of at least 17" and lost another that would probably go 20" or more.
Even though shallow, there are some large submerged rocks and they were very slippery. A wading staff really helped with the wade for flow was strong. My understanding is that once the hoppers begin the actions really picks up. This year they are late due to the long and wet spring. Dave's hopper is a good choice designed on the vise of Dave Whitlock. Others swear by Prince Nymphs. Any way you slice it, this is one of those rivers all Idaho fly fishers and others should definitely fish.
|Nice fat female.|
So go enjoy some great Idaho fly fishing on the St. Joe the next time you are up this way.
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