"Good" flow levels for NF CDA?

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  1. Thomas Mitchell

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    Taking my daughter back to NIC in Couer D'Alene for wrestling camp again this year. Thanks again to everyone who gave me advice last year on the NF CDA. I did a lot of hiking and exploring away from the road and got into some decent fish in some nice spots.

    I'm hoping to take advantage of my hard won intel this year and make a few runs up to the NFCDA while she's doing her wrestling thing but I noticed that the flow prediction is almost 2X the actual flows when I was there last year. Current flows for late next week are in the low 400's (cfs) at the upper guage. Is the wading still reasonable at that level in the upper river?

    We also have one day off from wrestling at the end of the week before she goes off to another training camp with the state team prepping for Junior Nat'ls. I'm really hoping to get her up on the CDA or St Joe that day. She's turning into a pretty decent flyfisherman. She 'stole' my bucket and got the fish of the day on a recent trip to a small stream...

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    Thanks in advance!

    T.
     
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    As long as its not blown, which it won't do it again this year, it will fish good. I floated it week before last and the green drake/march brown hatch was so crazy that is almost got boring cathing fish. I like it at higher levels and don't fish it very often between July and September.
     
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    It is fishable right now. Ignore the reports that say it is too high, it is not. Have fun.
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    Thomas,
    I was over there last weekend and while I fished another spot I checked out the upper NF. It's clear and there is plenty of pocket water to wade and it's fishing very well.
    Have a blast.
     
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    Thanks all. Much appreciated!

    T.
     
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    Thomas it is higher than normal at this time of the year almost record highs. But it is certainly fishable. I fished last weekend and the fish are still there in the usual places.
    Wading can be a little more tricky so pick your spots and have fun.
    When will you be there? I will be at Devils Elbow group camp the week of the 19th - 26th.
    Blessings
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    We'll be there next week, 5th-9th then I have to drop her off in Cheney for yet another training camp before we head off to Fargo for the big show.
    Like last year, I only get to fish in the middle of the day due to her wrestling schedule. Not the best time but I still did pretty well last time. Those westslopes sure are pretty.
     
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    Middle of the day has been phenomenal at these flows. Fished it the last 2 weekends and just slayed them, all on dries. I love that river in higher flows, had the thing to myself last weekend!
     
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    even when it is high its still fishiable, not as safe but defiantly fishiable, my best day this year was when the river was at 3900. 30+
     
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    cutthroatking screw work lets fish

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    I think that it starts fishing good at about 1200cfs and you can fish it all the way down to 200cfs.
    The lower the cfs the more stress you put on the fish so think about your rod selection.I use a fast 4wt to get them in quick and let them go.

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    John, why not a 5 or 6 wt? Those fish are between 14 and 22 inches. To me, a 4 wt would be headed in the opposite direction if your aim is to land the fish fast. As well, rod action has nothing to do with a rod's ability to land fish fast vs. slow. When fiighting a fish correctly you use the reel and the butt of the rod, keeping the play off the mid to tip section of the rod.
     
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    It's good right now, we had 4 great days of fishing there last week. We fished our 5wt rods, a dropper was very effective and it was windy more often than not.
     
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    cutthroatking screw work lets fish

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    Good points.I landed a 20+ this weekend on my 4wt and felt that I was at the max that that rod could handle.
    What I think my point was that guys go out with there 2wts and think that they can handle the fish quickly when in fact they are not getting them in and released fast enough.
    A 4wt is the lightest rod you would want to use.I don't think fast or slow matters I was just saying what I use.

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    Agreed. A 2 or 3 wt is not the right tool for that river.
     
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    Had a bit of a setback and might not get to the CDA after all. Was drilling pretty hard with the kid last night and may have suffered a small retina tear according to the doc in the ER.

    We were supposed to leave this AM but I can't get to to the retina specialist until tomorrow. Bummed...

    FWIW, I was bringing my new fiberglass McFarland Sprucecreek 8' 5wt and Mike Brooks Payne 100 7'6" 4wt bamboo. I was startled by the size of a fish I rose from a small slot last year and stopped using the 3wt...
     

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