Yep, still fish over in North Idaho

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by ribka, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. ribka Active Member

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    As usual another boring trip to one of the most gorgeous areas in the US. Those who have fished there know what I mean.


    Beautiful scenery, wildlife and good dry fly action. Everytime I go there I am reminded what a gem of an area it is.
  2. ribka Active Member

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    Many different hatches throughout the day, however orange stimi's, comparaduns always seem to produce fish
  3. ribka Active Member

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    Great place to take the family camping, hiking
  4. jeff bandy Make my day

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    Great shots. Thanks for the teaser. Heading over next month. Can't wait.
  5. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    I agree 100% with Mr. Bandy. Tick tock, tick tock. Beautiful shots and now I'm going to have trouble sleeping.
  6. ribka Active Member

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    FYI just my take: Bring a number of flies. I went through at least a doz dries a day. Tore up the flies.

    When the sun comes up go small size 16-18. Had many fish rise, take a peak at size 12-14 humpies, stimis and refuse. When I went to more sparsely dressed smaller flies ( parachutes comparaduns, griffiths gnats) I had more takes. End of season and those fish have seen their share of flies.

    Low light - Early morning and evening, size and pattern did not seem to make a difference.
  7. ribka Active Member

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    Of course, heaven forbid, can always nymph with small princes and lightning bugs
  8. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Great info, pretty sure that I'm prepared for those fly needs...I've been looking forward to this trip since the day I saw it in the rear view mirror.
  9. ribka Active Member

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    Pm and can suggest can camping locations. The NF of the Clearwater has always for some reason produced bigger fish over Cayuse and Kelly. Although my wife picked up a 22" in Cayuse 2 years ago. Always early and late in the day brought the larger fish to the surface
  10. jeff bandy Make my day

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    Heaven forbid indeed!
  11. Mark Walker Active Member

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    Wonderful pics!
    Like Ed sez' "tick tock, tick tock"
  12. bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    A gem of an area for sure! Catching fish is just an added bonus to being in that beautiful part of the world. Thanks for the photos!
  13. UptheCreek Member

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    Did you catch any rainbow in the area you were fishing? Just wondering.
  14. Dustin Bise Active Member

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    not likely ^^
  15. Builder Member

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    Their are very few places where my hands shake while gearing up. The drive in is agonizing, especially if you continue on.. "over the hump". You are going to drool Ed.
    I have 2-3 weeks left on a project and have turned down everything else until October so maybe I'll see you guys over there.
  16. surfnsully Active Member

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    Great picts. Thanks for the report :)
  17. manOfaith New Member

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    Great pictures, its been too long since I have been there!
  18. Dave Alberts Member

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    It's going to be a long "next 30 days"...
  19. Mark Walker Active Member

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    I believe that's 37 days for me, but who's counting.............:beathead:
  20. Rick Todd Active Member

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    I caught a 20" fish just above Kelly Forks campground on Kelly Creek several years ago. I do notice more bows in the nf and almost exclusively cutts in Kelly and Cayuse. It is interesting to wade from Kelly into the NF and notice the distinct drop in temp in the NF-that could be why more big fish there. I have always wanted to float the NF down from Kelly in a pontoon but haven't gotten around to it yet. Good luck guys! I wish I was going! Rick