This Moyie rainbow (Mo-Bow) was caught yesterday by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. This beauty was caught above Meadow Creek where rainbow are not supposed to survive in the summer due to warm water temperatures. This 21" bow was caught above a very deep hole in about three feet of water using a sinking tan San Juan. She was feeding actively in 65 degree rapids. I admit, mostly I catch brookies in these waters in the summer, but bows can also grace us in northern Idaho in both spring and autumn on this river.
The Moyie flows south from BC where there is a dam allowing overflow water, thereby the warm summer water temps. Brookie survive well, but in the deeper holes I have personally seen enormous fish. Some would probably exceed 10 pounds. The fish counts are not high, but this girl provided about ten minutes of very exciting action. Always remember, release summer fish quickly after the fight to ensure their survival and try not to touch them. Their slim coating can be easily damaged, subjecting them to disease and demise.
Happy fishing and keep those flies in the water with a good drift. You will not be disappointed.
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