North Fork of Coeur d'Alene in Early Aug - Suggestions (Trip Report)
Here's the trip report.
My a wife and I camped from Tue, 8/3 to Fri , 8/6. The temps were in the eighties and the water level was very low, but it rained a bit on Friday morning. However the fishing was good where the deep holes were, and the action usually started around late morning-except once when it was excellent even at 6 AM. Landed fish size ranged from 6" to 13" (picture is attached that my wife took). I also hooked a couple of larger ones and lost them that were maybe around 16" or more. Saw a gear fisherman catch two 18" cutts and threw them back since they are the only C&R fish on the NFCDA. He took a while to remove the hook, so probably he was using barbed hooks.
Flies that worked:
Hoppers, stimulators, caddis imitations, hares ear, green copper John (red one didn't work at all), PMDs in the late evening, leech patterns, small peacock soft hackle, and royal coachman (both dry and wet). The hopper-dropper setup worked very well. The 13" cut was caught on a wet royal coachman using a sink tip during the bikini hatch at 3:30 PM.
- Use a stronger tippet when using a leech since the grab is usually very violent. This was re-learned since it has happened to me before at the Rocky Ford
- When nothing works, try nymphing without an indicator by casting upstream and keeping a close eye on the line-it can be a lot of fun. I caught three nice fish back to back after not getting anything for three hours
- When you foul hook a trout on your first cast on a hole, then you know that you will a have a great time on that hole