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Saturday, September 22, 2012


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.

Bussard Creek
Mostly a spring rafting river, the Moyie's large stoneflies can provide some great action in the spring. So, do not overlook this beautiful piece of Idaho. Rarely do I see Idaho fly fishers trying their skills here, but they really should.

Happy fishing and keep those flies in the water with a good drift. You will not be disappointed.


Tags: Moyie River - Idaho
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  1. Interested in information on fishing in the Moyie River. We would love to visit Idaho and wondering how the fishing is in Sept./Oct. Is it catch and release only? We are looking at renting a cabin/house for a month.
    Thanks in advance for responding to: bjquilts@verizon.net

    1. See my comment below the Mo-Bow post.

  2. Moyie gets a bit warm and low in September. October is low but cooler. It is now open the entire length all year. There are some really good rainbow. it is not catch and release--regs will be given to you when you purchase license. We do encourage catch and release, but if you want to, keep the brook trout. Limit is like 25/day. They taste really good. Did you receive the personal email I sent? If not, let me know and I will resend. IdahoAngler@live.com .