With schools back in session across the region, the weather seems to be following suit, leaving summer-like 90 degree temperatures – and even the 80s – behind for the upcoming weekend. Highs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in town probably won’t break the 70-degree mark, with highs each day in the upper 60s. Not until Sunday should the high creep back into the low 70s. Lows each night for the next several days will plummet into the upper 40s, and even cooler in outlying areas and North Idaho.
Friends of Silver Bow Fly Shop staff reported excellent fishing on the North Fork of the Clearwater and Kelly Creek in Idaho. Large cutthroat seemed especially fond of nymphing and streamer patterns, but orange foam dries also proved extremely effective.
One bowhunter is walking briskly into his backcountry elk camp this week with a team of four-legged helpers that take a load off his back without adding work and worry. “Pack goats make my life easy,” said Howie Halcomb, a hunter who pursues game with the rigor of a backcountry athlete.
It’s time for high school writers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring contests for youth outdoor writing.
This year, in its first full summer season, more than 231,000 people floated the Deschutes River through the Bend, Oregon, Whitewater Park on inner tubes, kayaks or paddleboards. That’s roughly 2,200 floaters each day May 15-Aug. 22.
Three days into a strenuous trek deep into the middle of North Cascades National Park, my hiking partner Matt asked, “Has this trip been on your bucket list for a while?” Well, yes. But this wasn’t what I had in mind.
The poor air quality that has persisted throughout the region this week should continue for the next couple of days, with an Air Quality Alert in effect through noon on Friday. But some relief might finally be in store.
Fly Fishing Silver Bow Fly Shop says the Spokane River trout fishing slowed last week for no apparent reason, but that can change in a short time. They suggest using a Hopper/Chernobyl with 3-foot dropper and a caddis pupa or small attractor nymph down below. Another technique is to run a larger caddis pupa with a smaller soft hackle 16 inches below it, or go with a Zirdle Bug streamer with a soft hackle trailing 2 feet below. Fish through the riffles and shallow buckets.
Washington wildlife managers say game populations are in decent shape in most areas for the hunting seasons getting underway this month, but there are some notable exceptions for deer in northeastern Washington and elk in the Blue Mountains.
Conservation groups calling for removal of four lower Snake River Dams are organizing the third annual Free the Snake Flotilla on Friday and Saturday based out of Chief Timothy State Park at Clarkston, Washington.
Packaged cake mixes and such sold in Flagstaff, Arizona, come with special high-altitude baking instructions. Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet elevation. That's way higher than Denver. Spokane, of course, is ...