Traditionally May is a tough month to find a safe, wadeable stream. Not this year. Low snowpack on our favorite North Idaho streams have made them fantastic options to fish during what is normally spring runoff. We have had a wide array of hatches from salmonflies, goldens, yellow sallies, to brown drakes, caddis, March browns, and now even some pmd's. May is really a smorgasbord of different hatches. Make sure to check out Mike's photo essay below of May's Big Bugs.
Fishing on the Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe overall has been pretty productive. Somedays if there is a funky pressure system it may be slower, but overall good. The upper stretches of these drainages are accessible and fishable. The upper Joe though is a little slower while the middle stretches and lower are doing well. Things will turn on super quick up there mid-to-late this month. The upper Coeur d'Alene and tribs are doing great.
We are stocked up on bugs and everything else you need for fishing our area... and more! Swing by before your next outing and we will point you in the right direction. We appreciate your support, see you in the shop or on the water.
- Sean Visintainer
2015 SNOWPACK CONDITIONS - SPOKANE / CLARK FORK
We get the question a lot... "Are the rivers in shape?" It's a normal question we get daily, we don't mind, it's our job to inform everyone. To help answer this question though I thought it might be useful to ask someone that has some more professional insight to what our snowpack conditions are like. I recently inquired about snowpack with Patrick Maher READ MORE
HOOK SETTING TIPS
Setting the hook properly can be a tricky thing when fly fishing. There is a lot of room for error. One of the best sayings I have ever heard was from one of our long time guides and employees Britten Jay. Britten said, "Match the hook-set to the take." This is a perfect mantra for anyone struggling with getting hooked up on fish. READ MORE
PHOTO ESSAY: BIG BUGS OF MAY - BY MICHAEL VISINTAINER
SALMONFLIES / GOLDEN STONES / DRAKES