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Thu., June 15, 2017, 1:01 p.m.

Best fly fishing of the season is now, local expert says

Spokane River redband rainbow trout. (Sean Visintainer / Silver Bow Fly Shop)
Spokane River redband rainbow trout. (Sean Visintainer / Silver Bow Fly Shop)

FLY FISHING -- Conditions have been ideal: mountain runoff has subsided; weather hasn't been too hot; some cloud cover to promote hatches.  I'm not the only one who's noticed....

"June, in my opinion, is the peak-of-the-peak fishing in our area," says Sean Visintainer of Silver Bow Fly Shop. "Weather, water, bugs, the fish, catch rates, daylight hours, temperatures. Everything is on point. Everything is prime and as good as it could possibly be all season."

A few salmonflies are still showing on the St. Joe and North Fork Coeur d'Alene rivers, he said on his Silver Bow blog.

"The hatch this year keeps on lingering around, and I'm not complaining! Also, the brown drakes this year are super good. Probably some of the better brown drake hatches I've ever seen on both rivers. Goldens are out, PMD's are out, caddis, yellow sallies, and now some green drakes, the usual stuff for June.

"I have been on the St. Joe a bit, both upper and lower stretches, and noticed on the lower the PMD's have really started to come on strong."

Despite early high water when the Spokane River fishing season opened earlier this month, the flows have dropped and every day more water can be fished, he said.

"We have been finding ... some browns and cutties with the redbands. The dry fly fishing with big Chernobyls and caddis late in the day has been good. Running a dropper under the big dry is a preferred tactic on our home water."

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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