Fly Shops or Guides
Idaho Angler - IdahoAngler@live.com
Sun 6/02/13 12:56 PM
Please tell me about fishing opportunities in the Sandpoint area which I might explore while visiting my daughter and her family this summer. I would also like to know about fly shops or guides’ services which might be available locally. Thanks, RonV.
I will assume you will be near or in Sandpoint, ID while on your vacation. For simplicity I will reference some blog articles about fishing opportunities near there for you:
Bull River - Montana (Float Only)
Clark Fork River - ID/MT (Float/Wade)
Flathead River System - Montana (Float/Wade)
Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana (Mostly Float)
Moyie River - Idaho (Mostly Wade in August)
St. Joe River - ID (Wade Only in August)
Vermilion River - Montana (Wade Only)
The Clark Fork, Bull and Kootenai are the CLOSEST big rivers and have the coolest (temperature) waters in August. In my opinion, the Kootenai (Idaho to Montana) and the Bull floats are two of the most breathtaking in the west. Hope these help. For guides would recommend Dave Blackburn at Kootenai Angler in Libby, MT for rivers north and east of Sandpoint or Randy Dingman from ROW Adventures for rivers east and south of Sandpoint. Both are great guys and really good guides.
For other great destinations try Idaho Fly Fishers BUCKET LIST article. If you want to fish over near Spokane, WA, approximately 2 hours west, email and I'll give to you guide suggestions for there as well. If interested, we have and Idaho Fly Fishers Association which was just recently started. You don't have to live in Idaho, just love to fly fish, and it's FREE. Guys from all over who get together for a 3 day trip out west somewhere. Ages range 41-65. This is a really great group! This year there are 8 of us going to The Big Horn in south central Montana (one of my personal favorites) and I met one member from Texas (formerly Kansas City, MO) in April and we fished the Green River in Utah. It really is a good group. Our trips include fly fishing stories (basically lying), cigars, sour mash, poker great food (we have our own chef from Philly who is a member) and just an overall great time. Feel free to email any of the members on the list about whatever questions you might have. We all keep in touch and swap raunchy emails throughout the year.
If you are close to Sandpoint, email me before you come and maybe I can take you fishing.
Thanks and good luck!
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