Top Photo - Clearwater Steelhead
Bottom Photos - Grande Ronde Steelhead
For many, this is one of the most anticipated times of the year. Fall hatches are underway, trout rivers are quiet with consistent action, and anadromous steelhead have made their way back to our neck of the woods. The Clearwater River has been giving up steelhead since late July, and now the Grande Ronde has really come on strong with good numbers from the mouth all the way through Oregon. Yes, there are steelhead beyond Boggan's... they've been there for a couple weeks. We have had great success swinging flies, traditional or leeches, and numerous angler friends have reported the same thing. If you are looking to feel the tight line grab, or watch a fish eat a dry, now is the best time of the year to swing fish.
Trout fishing has been pretty steady to say the least. Since the smoke cleared up in early September and temps cooled down, all the trout rivers around the area have been doing very well. Despite low flows this summer, the NF CDA and St. Joe have held in there and are kicking out some great fishing with fall patterns. Light hatches of mahogany duns, October caddis, bwo's, midges, and caddis will get fish up. Smaller patterns have been best. The other north Idaho panhandle rivers like the NF Clearwater an Kelly have been excellent too for cutthroat and bulls. Our local urban fishery, aka "The Kan" has been doing very well. Fish can be caught during the morning and afternoon hours, however, stay a little later if you can because the evening action has been very consistent with dry/dropper rigs and some sippers in the softer currents.
Hope to see you in the shop!
- Sean Visintainer
SPEY LINES 101 - WHAT LINE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Ask 20 spey casters what their preferred line is for spey casting... you'll get 20 different answers. The question we get the most is, "What spey line should I get?" To answer that question you really need to ask yourself, "What method of fishing do I prefer to do?" Do you like the tight line grab of a swung fly? Or do you like dredge and rack up more numbers of fish? READ MORE...
STEELHEAD FLY TYING CLASS
Annual fly tying classes have started up and one of the crowd favorites is our Steelhead Fly Tying with Mark Poirier. Mark's attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of fly tying will not only expand your knowledge base, but take your skill level up a couple notches. This popular fly tying class will cover all types of steelhead flies: traditionals, articulated leeches and marabous. READ MORE...
BEGINNER FLY TYING CLASS
Tying classes are schedule for the fall and winter months now. Beginner classes start this November and will continue through March. The intro class covers all topics from how to use the tools, material selection, and proper techniques. Students will learn 6 different trout flies that will give them a foundation to build on and tie other flies. We include all tools and materials for use in class! READ MORE...
This reel has been so popular it deserved a spot in the newsletter to note it's closeout status. The Guru from Lamson has undergone some cosmetic changes for 2016 which are sure to impress. This all machined and anodized reel is a workhorse mid priced point reel on the market with it's sealed drag and large arbor design.
As of this newsletter we have the following sizes in-stock: 1.5, 2, and 3. These are great trout sizes. 30% OFF in-store inventory until gone.
NEW PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS - IN STOCK AT SILVER BOW!
HARELINE Fluorescent Goose Biots
- Wow! These these pop! The pics don't do these justice. Hot colors for steelhead flies or trout bugs... think hot wing prince?! Or fluorescent tail Copper John!
HARELINE Fluorescent Dumbell Eyes
- These will not only add some weight, but some serious color to your steelhead, trout, or bass bugs.
OPST Barred Ostrich Plumes
- Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics has come onto the scene with a few new tying and spey products. Each barred ostrich looks incredible and is some of the nicest I've seen.
Sage Pulse / Bolt Rods
- Sage has two new series in some eye catching colors. The PULSE
is a $450 rod that performs well above it's price category. Comes in both single hand, spey and switch rods. Definitely impressed with these medium fast action sticks. Like really impressed. The BOLT
is the sister rod to the popular ACCEL series just amped up a little. Very nice fast action rods without the ultra high price tag coming in at $650. Pretty excited about these two rod groups.
SIMMS Rain Shells
- G4, G3, Guide, Bulkley, Riffle... we got 'em all! Now we just need some rain! If you need a new waterproof wading jacket make sure to check us out for one of the best selections in the area.
Double Bead Hot Stones
- Aka "The Cheeseburger" If you are not already familiar with the double bead stone, get familiar. Hot new steelie colors for our friends in the Grande Ronde, CW, Snake, Deschutes, and any other place you can think of throwing them.