Fly Fish Coeur d'Alene River

The Coeur d'Alene River is a true North Idaho gem! A quick 30-mile trip from the beautiful town of Coeur d'Alene, will find you at the banks of this river. It flows through the heavily forested mountains of the Coeur d'Alene National Forest. There is a healthy population of cutthroat trout that can reach up to 21 inches. Anglers remain busy throughout the day while fighting with these remarkable native fish. There are also well managed populations of rainbow trout and whitefish. North 40 Fly Shop is partnered with ROW Adventures to provide the best guided fishing trips around. All guided trips are with a licensed guide.

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Trip Overview
Many different fly fishing techniques can be used on this river, and the varied terrain creates a range of water categories including riffles, runs and deep-emerald pools. Each season, the Coeur d'Alene boasts a variety of different hatches.

Expect to see prolific mayfly and golden stone fly hatches in May and June. Parachute Adams and different terrestrial patterns mark the summer months.

The waters of North Idaho during the fall months of September and October are famous for their October Caddis hatches.

North Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River is the ideal fly fishing destination for anglers of all skill levels. This river is home to prolific numbers of native cutthroat and rainbow trout that feed aggressively throughout the day. This remote mountain jewel offers guests excellent fishing, wildlife viewing and the perfect high-mountain backdrop. Half day and full day fly fishing trips are available May through October.

Where to Meet:
Unless directed otherwise, all guests will meet their guides in downtown Coeur d’Alene on 202 Sherman Avenue. Half day trips depart at 7:30 am and 1:30 pm. Full day trips depart at 7:30 am on most days.

Local guides seek to offer the best experience for their clients possible, meeting times can be adjusted based on a guest’s schedule. Just a block from the Coeur d’Alene Resort, adventure center provides an ideal location for enjoying the shops and sites of Coeur d’Alene before or after the departure of your trip.

From Coeur d’Alene you will be shuttled by your guide about 30 minutes east to the Coeur d’Alene River.

Shuttles are provided after the trip, and will drop you off directly at your hotel.

Trip Information:
ROW Adeventures has some of the best guides in the Northwest, and they will do what is necessary to provide you with a fun and productive day on the water. After arriving at the river on a full day trip, you will spend several hours fishing before stopping for a first-class, riverside lunch.

Fishing will continue into the late afternoon before heading back to Coeur d’Alene. Guests normally arrive back to Coeur d’Alene between 7:00 and 8:00 pm. On a half day trip, anglers will be on the river for around 4 hours with plenty of snacks and beverages to enjoy throughout the morning or afternoon.

These trips include all necessary fly-fishing gear, lunch, snacks and beverages.
Minimum Age - 12 Years Old

Dates and Rates
Half Day - Walk and Wade
Departures: By request, please call to book
One Angler: $340, Two Anglers: $365, Three Anglers $390

Full Day - Walk and Wade
Departures: By request, please call
One Angler: $380, Two Anglers $430, Three Anglers $505

Full Day - Float
Departures: By request, please call
One Angler: $465, Two Anglers $490

These prices do not include 6% Idaho sales tax, 3% Use fee, and $2.00 reservation fee
Coeur d'Alene River - Half Day
These half day trips are for people who are limited on time or just want a fly fishing 101 class all to themselves. They're great trips for the first-timers to see if they are interested in the sport of fly fishing, or anyone else that may have other obligations that day. These half day walk and wade adventures on the Coeur d'Alene River will run in both the morning and the afternoon as suits the client’s schedule.

Morning trips will start at 7:30 a.m. and finish at 1:00 p.m., while the afternoon trips will begin at 2 p.m. and finish around 7 p.m. These half day walk and wades are typically based on the lower end of the Coeur d'Alene River to optimize fishing time. This native cutthroat fishery is a must for fly fishing enthusiasts, new and old. Snacks and water will be provided, and your guides can meet you at the fly shop or on the river, but keep in mind that there is a 3-person limit per guide.


Coeur d'Alene River - Full Day
A full day walk and wade up in the headwaters of the Coeur d'Alene River is an awesome way to spend the day, if you have the time that is.

This trip offers unbelievably scenic views of the Coeur d'Alene National Forest, while the headwaters of the river are a great opportunity to catch a native trophy cutthroat trout. On average, the fish in this river range between 12"-14" with several trophy fish stretching the tape at over 20'' long. Dry flies are the name of the game in this crystal-clear river.

Solid bug hatches of Salmon flies, golden stones, green drakes, pmd's, bwo's, and midges along with mandatory river wide catch and release since 2008 allow these Westslope cutthroat trout to remain fat and happy. A full lunch will be provided on this trip and the ROW Adventure guides will try their best to cater to any of your dietary needs. This trip starts at 7:30 a.m. and finishes between 5:00-6:00 p.m.; there is a 3-person limit per guide.