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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Skunked

Tried the NF of the Coeur d'Alene last weekend. According to all reports it was fishing well with Skwalas galore. Well the water was at July levels and VERRRRY cold! The fishing was terrible! As a matter of fact, we couldn't buy a cutthroat with any fly in our box. We did see one adult Skwala but there were many March Browns and Brown Drakes. Still couldn't get a hit. Actually we saw only one fish rise in two days. We floated from MP 33.5 at the Big Hank campground down to MP 21 the first day and waded over to Teepee Creek on day 2 near the confluence of the NF of the CDA.

It was however beautiful. We saw many eagles, elk, deer and other wildlife. We also saw multiple caddis nymphs is probably size 22, but not only did I not have any, they would have been too small for me to tie on even with my magnifiers. Daytime temps were about 65 and the winds were light. I only wish the fish had been biting.

Leaving on day 2, most of the guides were fishing from about MP 10 down to MP 5. I didn't see any fish on, but I have to assume they knew something I didn't. The old adage "A bad day fishing....." really applied. We still had a really great float and wade and I would like to say learned a lot--but I can't.

Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms, bent rods, screaming reels and may none of you ever get skunked!

Guess we should have floated the Kootenai.

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