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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Moyie River Fall

Idaho Fly Fishers Blog
15" Moyie Bow
Went to the Moyie River the other day with a friend for some fall Idaho Fly Fishing. And man, have we had a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L fall! Weather has been in the 60's and 70's with generally light breezes and lots of sunshine and minimal rain. 'Tis however a bit dry right now and the waters are low and clear. So fish are selective and a bit spooky.

The river is hard to float right now due to low water, but there are some accessible wading areas well away from the crowds. One of my favorite areas is on the lower Moyie below Meadow Creek and requires a good hike into. But the fishing can be quite good and boy is it quiet. I might suggest some bear deterrent though for there can be some very large wild animals here.

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Mystery Moyie Fly Fisher

The Moyie just happens to be the north Idaho river on which ROW Adventures took their first one day whitewater rafting trip in 1982:

TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014 - The Spokesman-Review

ROW revisits roots on Moyie River

ROW Adventures pioneered commercial whitewater rafting on the
Moyie River in 1982. (Rich Landers)

WATERSPORTS — Peter Grubb, co-founder of ROW Adventures, was reminiscing Sunday while guiding rafters on the Moyie River east of Bonners Ferry.

We pioneered commercial rafting on the Moyie in 1982 and this was the very first one-day trip ROW offered,” Grubb said, commenting on the photo with Mount Clifty in the background. ROW was known then as River Odysseys West.
Commercial whitewater rafting was so foreign to North Idaho at the time, the Panhandle National Forests didn't even require ROW to have a commercial outfitter permit until the 1990s.

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Moyie River Canyons

This time of year I would go with a #14 or smaller Adams, PMD or Purple Haze, I did recently catch a 15 incher on a YSF Stinger and another nice one on a YSF Nuclear Ant. Once the weather turns colder and rain/snow begins a wooly bugger (olive or black) can be the ticket. The "Canyon", as the rafters say, is a great fishing hole, but very difficult to reach.

Come Idaho fly fish with us on the Moyie. Other local area attractions include the Wild Horse Merchantile & Saloon on highway 95 at milepost 530 and Round Prairie Creek, the Good Grief Bar (frequently closed for renovations--sometimes for a very long time), Fiest Creek Falls Resort, which has really great food/beer, and the Canadian border crossing.

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Moyie can be slippery & cold
Hard takes and tight lines forever,


Tags: YSF Assam
     YSF Black Caddis
     YSF Nuclear Ant
     YSF Salmon Slayer
     YSF Stinger (Foam Terrestrial)


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