Anglers attached to fishing Priest Lake tend to fall into two camps that are being asked to make a decision. One group favors a return to the good old days of fishing for abundant kokanee and cutthroat trout. The other group generally prefers the current abundance of delicious shrimp-fed mackinaw averaging 15-25 inches long, and maybe a shot at catching a trophy mack.
Morning sessions on the Spokane River have been good with droppers under big foam dries or just double nymph rigs. There is still some streamer action as well. The North Fork Coeur d’Alene has slowed considerably, but the St. Joe is still a good option.
The ingredient list looks curated and high-cost: Carbon fiber, titanium, Dyneema fibers, and a svelte perforated upper constitute this shoe. They fit close, clip to a pedal with a rigid snap, and stay tight to the foot as you crank mile after mile of singletrack trail.
A Sandpoint-area hiker devoted two years to revising a just released trail guidebook covering the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana and northern Idaho. “Trails of the Wild Cabinets: Third Edition,” (Keokee Books), originally authored by Dennis Nicholls, has been re-researched and updated by Jim Mellen, who should be tested for traces of mountain goat DNA.
The Canadian Rockies and their surrounding territories have retained this ancient majesty. Thanks in part to the naming of British Columbia’s and Alberta’s four national and three provincial parks as UNESCO World Heritage sites, the western Canadian wilderness is one of the few regions in the world that can still be called that –
In 1979, Diane Boyd left her native Minnesota and headed west to begin tracking the first radio-collared gray wolf from Canada to recolonize the Western U.S., where humans had effectively eliminated the species by the 1930s through hunting, poisoning and habitat loss.
A little less than a decade ago, Skye Schillhammer arrived in Spokane with hopes of completing his college degree. A novice mountain biker at the time, little did he know that the two-wheeled journey lying ahead of him would actually keep him here much longer – and ultimately send him to heights beyond Spokane.
We’ve suffered major injuries, faced nights without food and been overrun by bears. A hurricane-force storm hit during one trip. On another, we got lost. And through 25 years, we’ve suffered through each other’s cranky moods, constant snoring and disgusting bodily functions. Still, we keep at it.
When I was a kid, my Uncle Pat and Aunt Molly would gather up nieces and nephews for a camping/fishing extravaganza to the San Poil River right after school let out for the summer. We would arrive early, erect a huge canvas tent, roll out the goose down sleeping bags and go fishing.