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Friday, June 27, 2014

NF Coeur d'Alene River (Revisited)

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Scenery above Big Hanks Campground in the National Forrest
You will remember the NF CDA float posted here from May 26, 2014. 'Twas a great day and a great float trip thanks to our guide Randy Dingman of ROW fly fishing adventures. (Type in any name or subject in blog upper left search box and see where it leads).

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Fly Fisher just below Teepee Creek

On a whim about 10 days ago, I decided to do a few hours of wade fishing on the CDA on a dreary Saturday. Drizzly rain and around 50 degrees. Someone told me they had had flurries in Prichard, ID the day before--now that would be June. Awoke early and drove over from NE Washington. Only took about an hour to get over the pass and to Kellogg. Another 15 minutes and I was in the quaint town of Wallace right on I-90 where "Dante's Peak" was mostly filmed.

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Soft as Fir
Had breakfast and drove over the mountain up, then down 9 Mile Creek Road to Prichard--beautiful but would not advise if one is prone to motion sickness. Once there you turn north along the NF CDA and travel about 25 miles until road ends. Teepee Creek and multiple others are there. Camping is available. Gravel road is VERY rough. I actually did most of my fishing just below Big Hanks Campground. Just park on a turn out, find a riverside trail and go for it.

There was nothing on top that cloudy, rainy, dreary morning, but did real well with my own version of an olive Assam Dragon (YSF Assam). Try adding a little flash to marabou tail for better effect. Multiple 12"-14" size cutties. Actually hooked a hog in one pool which ran into my backing twice then threw my fly--darn those crimped down barbless hooks. Never even saw the fish. And by the way the red firs with their new growth were the softest looking I have ever seen.

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IDFFA Member "FP" Young with
average NF CDA cuttie.

Hard takes and tight lines forever. Come and fly fish with us in Idaho. Idaho fly fishing this summer promises to be excellent.


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