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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Idaho River Report 2017

Snoopy Rock - Sedona, AZ
Just returned from a road trip from Idaho to Sedona, AZ. I was there for a professional meeting so did no fishing, but couldn't anyway. And here's why.

As most of you know, the West was inundated with snow this year. Most places had at least 10-20% more snowfall than normal. Well, it is almost June and there is virtually no fly fishing at present in rivers and streams. Here is a list of the waters I saw or crossed:
Oak Creek, AZ
Colorado River, AZ
Snake River, ID
Beaverhead River, MT
Lemhi River, ID
Salmon River, ID
Bitterroot River, MT
Clark Fork River, MT/ID
Flathead River, MT
Thompson River, MT
Vermillion River, MT
Bull River, MT
Lightning Creek, ID

The honest truth is these famous fly fishing rivers are way too high and muddy to fish right now. If things hold true to history, I predict right now that fly fishing will probably not be really possible until late June or early July this year. I actually did see a drift boat on the Salmon late one evening, but I believe this was only a local guide giving his lady friend a late evening boat ride--they were definitely not fishing.

Anyway, hopefully it won't be long now until we can all get out there and slay them. Remember catch-n-release for the future generations.

Hard takes, tight lines and screaming reels soon to you all.


Tags:  Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Cutthroat Byway
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Get Ready to Rumble - Fernie, BC, Canada
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho
     Kelly Creek, ID

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