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Friday, May 2, 2014

Sinclair Lake, ID

Selkirt Mountains and Percell's Trench in North Idaho
Up past Bonners Ferry, ID and the Selkirk Mountains
Decide to go up near the Moyie River below Eastport, ID for some lake fishing yesterday due to river water still being a little too high for my fake knees and wade fishing. Now I must admit, a lot of the appeal to heading up to Eastport is the drive up through Purcell's Trench (formed by ancient glacier) and the Kootenai River Valley. Breathtaking!

Selkirt Mountains and Percell's Trench in North Idaho
Along the through the Kootenai River valley

Travel is up scenic US Highway 95 through Bonner Ferry and over the mighty Kootenai River--great Idaho fly fishing here once the waters recede and the spring sturgeon flush is over. By the way, Twin Rivers Campground and their Kootenai boat launch will be reopening as of May 23, 2014. Follow 95 up and over the mountains to the Good Grief Tavern, approximately 3 miles south of the community of Eastport. Turn south on the Moyie River Road. Drive down about 2 miles over the first Moyie River bridge to Sinclair Lake; on right just before your first railroad crossing. You can't miss it.

Moyie River fly fishing
Along the Moyie River

The lake is only about 3-4 acres with lily pads in the summer. Train occasionally goes by to break the silence. When I first arrived, I was unloading my pontoon boat at their really nice ramp (No motors), when I hear a very large splash. An osprey had just retrieved a small fish in its talons, and then I hear a loud screech. I look up and see an eagle chasing the osprey; I would assume in an effort to have him drop his prey so it could be stolen by the chaser.

Moyie River fly fishing
Sinclair Lake
The lake is small, but the fishing good. Using chironomids, I manage to catch and release 8 decent rainbow the largest about 15 inches. I must admit that all appeared to be stockers except the largest that had great natural color. This was only about 2 hours of fishing, but it was our first really gorgeous spring day this year.

Sinclair Lake Idaho fly fishing
A small north Idaho fly fishing jewel
Come and fly fish Idaho soon. I may go back and try Antelope Lake today. A couple of weeks ago, did pretty well catching cutthroat up there. Again I was using chironomids, which I will probably go with today as well. Remember those little buggers comprise roughly 40% of what trout ingest in the spring in high mountain lakes.

Hard takes, tight lines and great luck spring high mountain lake fishing for Idaho trout.


Sinclair Lake Idaho fly fishing
Worth the occasional train
Tags: A "Perfect" Fly
     BH Zebra Nymph
     Black Crawler
     Black Ants (Summertime)

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