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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cold Water Haunts (Part 2)

Dear readers, here is some more summertime correspondence from readers of which you might have some interest. Enjoy!  

Hi YellowStoneFly,
I will be sure to fish the upper section on the Moyie around the campground. Thanks so much for the information and direction. I will send some pictures when I'm there next week. 

Dear B…..,
The nicer fish are actually down lower, but they cannot get above the dam. If you drive up there, you will see why. There is a section which you can fish directly off of the Kootenai River at the mouth, but is only about a mile long. You have to drive down a very twisted road to Twin Rivers Canyon Resort RV campground, which is closed for the season (do not know why) and is the only access of which I am aware to that section. I have not personally been down there this season, so I do not know if you can access the river there or not. There are good browns and rainbows in that stretch but some VERY LARGE suckers as well right at be mouth
So there is no access to the Moyie above the Dam now that the Kootenai Tribe own the access point @ the campground? Would you recommend I fish a different river?  

Dear C…..,
To answer your question, it is hot and dry in north Idaho right now. Spring fed rivers (Moyie) are low and water is warm except in certain spots where cold water feeders enter. The Moyie dam is about a mile upstream from the Kootenai which you will see if you go up there. Above the dam (see last directions I sent) many feeder streams do keep water temps down so, except for high noon, fishing can be good if you go to the area I suggested.

The St. Joe (food hatch fishing) is high and spring fed but 3+ hours away (need to go to where road ends way above Avery and through St. Regis--go over mountain on Little Joe Road). The Coeur d'Alene is 2+ hours and spring fed, but can be a good morning and evening river up around Teepee Creek above Pritchard, ID. The best tailwater fishery in the area is the Kootenai below the Libby, MT dam. Water is cold here. Must be floated and fishing is off and on. May get some good hoppers in July/August. The Clark Fork must also be floated and summertime fishing again can be off and on. Best morning and evening. Would fish between St. Regis and Paradise, MT this time of year.

Good luck. If you need guide suggestions, let me know and book early. Most are booked this time of year. PS-I receive nothing from the guides I suggest other than and occasional photo for my blog. 

Have fun, hard takes, tight lines and huge fish. Remember to catch-n-release so I can catch some here next week.

(aka YellowStoneFly)
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