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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Moyie River - Spring 2013

> Email Subject: Moyie River
> Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:48:07 -0600
> To: IdahoAngler@live.com
> Dylan writes:
> Hi YellowStoneFly, Thank you for spending the time on the blog I just read. It has been a childhood dream of mine to fish in Idaho and northwestern Montana. I was using Google earth looking at all the tributaries to the Kootenai and came across the Moyie.  Looks and sounds like a perfect river to spend a day! Is the majority of the lower river private? Would you happen to know an access spot that most people would shy away from. I love adventures! My wife and I will be in Sandpoint for 3 days and we would like to fish one of the 3.
> I appreciate any feedback.
> My Best,
> Dylan V.

> Sent from my iPad 

Dear Dylan V.,
Really glad you enjoyed the blog, on which I do not have a lot of time to post as you can see. Maybe one day when I retire completely.  
In response to your note, the Moyie is private almost exclusively above Meadow Creek campground. But Idaho is a riparian rights state (unlike Colorado), so where ever there is a highway/bridge access, you can wade anywhere as long as you stay in the river bed. Simply don't walk on private land. Fishing is usually slow up high (north) on the Moyie due to higher summertime water temperatures in July/Augusts. I do know some access points. 

You can go to the campground and fish wherever you want. Few fishers and river is narrow and rocky. There is supposed to be an access between there and Moyie Springs, but the one I did find is VERY rough. For my money in the summertime, I would fish above the Moyie dam. This is an access only locals know about and "an access spot that most people would shy away from". Here are directions: 

From Sandpoint, ID to Canyon View Rd. Moyie Springs, ID
(41.0 mi, Approx. 51 mins)
1. Continue straight onto US-2 E/​US-95 N and go 34.2 miles
2. Turn right onto US-2 E and go 5.5 miles
3. Turn right onto E Roosevelt (Country Store on right -- "The Little Mall of America" locals call it and go about 0.3 miles. You can stop by the store for dam directions if you get lost. They also have great sandwiches and breakfast.
4. Take the 1st left onto Canyon View Road and go about 1.0 miles down to the dam.
5. From here there is no map. You will see signs to the "raft" ramp where whitewater rafts are exited in the spring. The river will be on your right and you will need to go another approx. 1-1.5 miles until this VERY ROUGH road ends. Park anywhere and wade across the river to the east side--be careful for there will be a very large deep pool just below the rapids you have to cross. Walk up about 200-300 yards and you will see a small bluff on the west side just below another set of rapids. Nice cutties in here. Throw out a yellow or orange stimulator (12-16) or Adams (14-18). Maybe a blue winged olive (16-20) depending on the time of day and visible hatches. 

Good luck, have fun, hard takes and tight lines. Remember to catch-n-release so I can catch some here next week.
PS-Please email and let me know how you do. Another great river this time of year, as you probably know, is the Kootenai. All day floats through local guide service. A couple of good ones are Kootenai Angler (Dave Blackburn) and Linehan Outfitters (Tim Linehan frequently seen on "Mountain Men" on the History channel).

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