September 19, 2019 Fishing Report/Forecast

Fly caught steelhead

We are very excited about our Fall Chinook fishery on the Clearwater this year. Anglers are starting to catch fish in the confluence. It is still a little early as anglers are putting in about 15 hours per fish on the Snake River. It should really start to pick up in the next few weeks. We are anticipating the last week of September and first two weeks in October to be the best opportunity to hook into the biggest fish that return to Idaho.

River conditions on the lower river below the North Fork are prime for catching fish. Flow rates near Peck are 7,000 cfs and are averaging 52 degrees F. The catch and and release statistics are very good for Steelhead considering the number of fish over Lower Granite. Anglers are putting in about 7 hours per fish caught. It’s important to remember that a majority of the Snake River drainage (all the fish coming over Lower Granite) steelhead are pulling into the Clearwater due to it’s lower water temperature. With low fishing pressure and ideal river conditions, this is the perfect time to come Spey/Fly fish the Clearwater River.

We are excited to have Dan Bolton, Kenly Bitton, Lance Cole, Brett Malingo, Erin Hale, Russ Winger, Quinnlan Moran, and Mike Weidner back on the water this season. Our guides will provide a top quality experience on the Clearwater that will provide memories that will last a life time. Call now to book your trip with Clearwater River Company, 1-866-846-4240 or visit our website at

There is a meeting this Friday to discuss the potential of a Coho Salmon season and possible changes to the Steelhead season. Stay tuned for more information…..

Tight Line~

Ryan Pitcher

Fly fishing for steelhead on the Clearwater River, Idaho -- Shaking hands with the Planet

A good mend to the leader sets my line up for a perfect swing through a section of water where I saw some ‘finning’ on my last cast. “I may have a player,” I say to myself. A slight ’S’ starts to form in the line as it continues to swing the fly through anticipating waters. Then a stop, the line straightens as I lift the rod tip slightly to test for fish or snag. Not a snag! I feel the fish turn and dive just before I experience the explosive power of the Steelhead. A rhythmic, pulsing tug pulls line off of the reel for three distinct beats followed by a long violent run as line peels off the singing reel. I start to cup the reel with my left hand to provide a little more drag, “Don’t horse it, let it run,” I’m telling myself. Instantly the line knifes through of the water tightening to a direct connect to the rising fish. An explosion of water, an uncontrolled “Ya Hoo!” and the quiet stillness of the Clearwater comes alive with man and fish. “How do You do?” races through my mind as I shake hands with the planet. The fight is on, the outcome is uncertain. “The Tug is the Drug” is a common slogan on the Clearwater: I’m hooked.

Nothing seems to connect the outdoorsman more than experiencing hand to hand combat with the forces of nature. Life changing, character building events occur when engaged with the uncertainty of the out of doors.

Come to the Clearwater, shake hands with the planet and experience the forces of nature. Book a steelhead fishing trip with Clearwater River Company, LLC ( or phone 1-866-846-4240). You won’t regret the time spent on the water with our great guides and hooking into these uniquely powerful fish.

Authored by Ed Pitcher. Picture by Aaron Hale.


The “Freedom” Boat Owned by Clearwater River Co. LLC, Designed For the Disabled.

Guided Drift Boat Trips

If you have enjoyed fishing but thought your time on the river was over because of mobility issues, maybe you should reconsider! Clearwater River Co. LLC has a boat which is disabled accessible. This boat is equipped with a transom that folds down and becomes a walking or wheelchair ramp. The seats are removable if needed, allowing the wheelchair to roll into the bow of the boat. Once the wheelchair is in place there is a tie down system for the chair to be securely anchored. If it is a matter of a walker, the client can walk up the transom to the front of the boat and then sit in a seat. There is a heater in the bow of the boat to help protect from the cold. So, if you want to get out on the water again, give us a call and make a reservation on our boat named FREEDOM and enjoy your time on the Clearwater River with us.



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