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  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Rocky Ford fly fishermen are saying there don’t seem to be as many fish in the creek as last year. One angler said he saw three dead trout …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Mid-day is the best fishing on most area rivers and lakes now, and will remain so from here on out. Look for slow and soft current seams on …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Boggan’s Oasis on the Grande Ronde reports the action has been monopolized by fly fishermen recently and the gear guys are just starting to show. On Monday, a …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Amber Lake has held up well for fly fishermen. Chironomids under an indicator have been the most productive. Trolling a hot bead leech or bugger can also be …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing The North Fork Coeur d’Alene is low and clear, but some large fish are being fooled with small flies and light tippets. The St. Joe is about the …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Cooler weather is bringing out some good hatches of blue-wing olives, pmds, caddis and mahoganies on the Coeur d’Alene. Mid-day fishing has improved greatly.


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Fly fishermen are taking a few Clearwater River steelhead. It’s not hot fishing, but it’s a good early-season option.


  • Alan Liere: The true value of relics

    I can’t wait to show off my most recent summer art purchases – two magnificent prints, one by David Maass and one by Lee Kouba. It seems a lot of …


  • Alan Liere: You can always rely on good ol’ granny

    By its nature, knot-tying is a skill that should be reinforced on a daily basis, but outside of weekend camping forays or the pursuit of fish and game, modern man …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing The Spokane River is fishing fairly well any time of the day. Late evening caddis hatches are getting a lot of risers. Double nymph rigs during the day …


  • Mining for purple: Huckleberry pickers wear stains with pride

    After a two-year hiatus from picking, I recently returned from a huckleberry excursion to the Metaline Falls area. The seat of my jeans was stained purple, I smelled like DEET, …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Fishing is good on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene. Mayfly and golden caddis patterns will produce. The upper river is getting a lot of pressure, but …


  • Alan Liere: Aspiring to lesser challenges

    My fifth grade science book said rocks came in three major groups – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. For me, rocks came in four basic groups – throwing rocks, skipping rocks, …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing The North Fork Coeur d’Alene continues to be very good with trailers under big bugs getting the most looks. Drakes, PMDs, and yellow sallies are the best dries …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Float tubers on Amber were all catching fish this week. Troll deep with leeches or buggers or try dragonfly patterns along the weeds.


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Antilon Lake in Chelan County is in the hills north of Manson, Washington. There are actually two small lakes, and the lower one has been good recently for …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Local lakes are serving to scratch the fishing itch for fly fishermen who are finding high, unfishable water in most area rivers. Float tubers at Williams are seeing …


  • Nothin’ vulgar: the loose language of crappie fishing

    My computer’s spell-check isn’t as smart as I thought. Here is a program that can tell the difference between “there,” “their” and “they’re;” correct the spelling of “restaurant” (which I …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Since Washington, Idaho and Montana rivers are running high and fast, fly fishing is mostly on hold except in some of the small spring creeks. The Coeur d’Alene …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly fishing Upper Wheeler Reservoir, located approximately 11 miles southwest of Wenatchee in Chelan County, will open Saturday. Wheeler Reservoir has been closed to public access, but arrangements have been …


  • Alan Liere: An Opening Day heritage: Sacred family fishing traditions transcend time

    There was a time not so long ago, that one such as I could not make it through the winter without fishing withdrawals. Lake Roosevelt and Rufus Woods Reservoir were …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Trout and kokanee Anglers planning to fish the put-and-take lakes in Spokane County on opening day can expect good fishing, says regional fish biologist, Randy Osborne. Clear Lake, he says, …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing At times during the week, Amber Lake fly fishermen have not even had to put their belly boats or pontoons in the water. Fish are often working near …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing A group of fly fishermen testing Lake Lenore from belly boats recently said they were catching 35-40 Lahontan cutthroat each by throwing chironomids on the north end. The …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing The lower St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene rivers continue to improve and some anglers have even been catching fish on the Clark Fork despite high water. No skwalas …


  • The Trouble with Dogs

    I ran into my buddy, Mac, at the Valley White Elephant recently, and he told me he didn’t get in much bird hunting this year. Seems he and Alice are …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly Fishing At Silver Bow Fly Shop, Sean Visintainer says he and his crew have been fishing the lower ends of the St. Joe and the Coeur d’Alene rivers and …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly Fishing Fly fishing is a good option now at Lenice, Nunnally or Dusty. Lenore – open for catch and release only – is still frozen. Medical Lake has some …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing Sprague Lake is open on both ends and iced over in the middle. The public access is usable. When the ice leaves this lake, some lunker trout can …


  • Hunting and fishing

    Fly fishing Most steelhead rivers are blown out but the Methow has received some positive reports from fishermen swinging flies. The Grande Ronde is unfishable but the Clearwater and Snake …

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