Lewiston Fishing Report

Lewiston is steelhead country and you can find those fish on the Clearwater, Snake, Grande Ronde and Salmon rivers beginning as early as July each year. These brutes may range to 20 pounds, with the average fish weighing in at around eight pounds—and that’s a big sea-run rainbow trout! At times, you may also find chinook salmon swimming next to those steelhead and some of these fish top out at more than 20 pounds. There are other options here, too, including the chance to catch state-record-size smallmouth bass on Dworshak Reservoir. Higher up you’ll find native westslope cutthroats on the Lochsa and Selway rivers—these fish eagerly slam dry flies and never disappoint. For variety, Lewiston is tough to beat.
  • Lewiston Fishing Report 12.27.17

    Lochsa River

    Streamers, skwala's, orange Stimulators—those are the flies that produced when I fished the river last Sunday. The current flows are sitting around 5,100 cubic feet per second. On Sunday the water clarity was wonderful—you could see the rocks on the bottom and watch the fish rise to the fly. With the upcoming weather showing some warmth, the river could come up and start to get blown out with runoff. If it stays in shape you’ll likely see some smaller mayflies flying around in the afternoon and the fish will key on them for an hour or so. They also took skwala sones through that hatch, so a skwala followed by a smaller mayfly dropper would be a good bet. Here are some flies I would take to the Lochsa: Flush Floater skwala, Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, Galloup’s Mini Dungeon.

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