Coeur d'Alene Fishing Report 10.04.18

Coeur d Alene Fishing Report

St. Joe River

The St. Joe River is still very floatable from Marble Creek Down to Big Eddy. There are a couple of gravel shelves to get out and push across. The dry fly fishing has been good, use blue wing olives, and hares ear soft hackles especially on overcast days.  There is also good mahoganies and October caddis hatch too. Spruce moths are still hanging around, but the fish are not eating them as enthusiastically as in the past few weeks. A chubby will still be a good lead fly for your hares ear and prince nymphs.  Finally, streamer fishing is also very good right now and will help you to get bigger fish.

Coeur d’Alene River

Here, the fall fishing is fantastic, and the river is as beautiful as ever.  October caddis, bwo’s, and mahoganies are all out in force right now, and the dry fly fishing is great too.  This is also a great time of year to swing soft hackles in riffles and tails outs.  Plus, the river is not crowded. Remember, hunting season opens on October 10th….so, be sure to wear bright colors.

Clark Fork River

The fishing on the Clark Fork has been very good lately.  Big caddis and mahogany hatches have the fish looking up and trying to get fat before winter.  Floating is still the best option, but there are also good walk and wade opportunities as well.

See past reports from the CDA region here, or click here to view all northwest regional reports.

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Twenty years ago Coeur d’Alene went mostly unnoticed by the fly-fishing community as tunnel-visioned anglers sped east, to Montana and elsewhere, to pursue rainbow and brown trout on iconic waters. They may have even raised their noses as they unwittingly passed some of the most varied trout fishing options in the world. Today, CDA and its nearby waters are on the map as premiere destinations for westslope cutthroat and bull trout. And its local lakes provide super-enticing fly-fishing options for bass, pike and salmon. If that weren’t enough, CDA anglers can hit several of the Inland Northwest’s best steelhead waters—including the Grande Ronde, Clearwater and Snake rivers—with a reasonable two or three-hour drive. North 40 Coeur d’Alene is your destination fly shop, whether outfitting for the St. Joe, Coeur d’Alene or Kelly Creek, or some other water. We’ve got all the fishing reports and info you need, and we carry the latest fly-tying material, hot patterns, and equipment. We have a knowledgeable staff that’s welcoming to everyone, so stop in and say hello.

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