Fall is prime time for fly fishing trips on Idaho’s blue-ribbon trout streams.
Idaho’s trout get restless during the warm days of the fall spawning season, which is great for all those fly fishers out there. Silver Creek—one of Hemingway’s favorite haunts near Sun Valley, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and the Coeur d’Alene River in North Idaho are prime fly fishing locations.
Fishing guides at Castaway Fly Fishing Shop in Coeur d’Alene say the trout fishing is outstanding in the fall months because of consistent weather, dry fly hatches and perfect water conditions. The river current moves slower in the fall, creating more time for anglers to present a fly.
Dry fly fishing for native cutthroat becomes consistent in September and on through October, and the average native cutthroat in Coeur d’Alene is typically 12-15 inches, with some as large as 20 inches. Anglers look forward to the October caddis hatch—large, inch-long bugs that the fish love.
Joe Roope, shop owner at Castaway, said catch-and-release regulations on the Coeur d’Alene River have dramatically improved the fishery. “In the last couple years, the quality of fishing has really accelerated,” Roope said. “The number of fish and the size of fish have increased.”
Fall in Idaho is gorgeous as it is, and once temperatures have cooled to pleasant, a day on the river with the fishing rod is hard to beat. If you’re a newcomer to fly fishing, or are not confident in your fly fishing skills and would like a brush-up on techniques, there are many outfitters who offer guided fishing trips throughout Idaho.
Check out these outfitters for fall fishing trips
- Henry’s Fork Anglers
- Solitude River Trips
- Hughes River Expeditions
- Mackay Wilderness River Trips
- Rocky Mountain River Tours
- Idaho River Journeys
For more information, on fall fly fishing in Idaho, contact the outfitters mentioned here or contact the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association www.ioga.org.