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~ Clearwater River Fishing Report ~

Another great steelhead season is here and underway! We have an awesome team of professional guides that consistently put clients on the fish. Anyone interested in booking a guided trip on the Clearwater River Idaho for steelhead can email us or give us a call at:





We needed some rain and we got it... And then some!  The water was welcome and needed. The river stayed clear and the fishing picked up considerably. Unfortunately when the Selway blew out on the Lochsa's heels, it lead to a couple of tougher days on the water. The Clearwater remained fishable (flow and clarity) but  the fish which had been trapped in low water went in to jailbreak mode, moving so fast up river that they hardly took time to stop and grab a bait.

South Fork: The river peaked at 275 cfs yesterday (10/24). Expect a decent number of fish in there after this first high water.

North Fork: Plenty of fish holding in the North Fork now. A mix of Dworshak hatchery fish and up river fish pushed in there by the rising flow. As always these fish can be fickle biters due to the fact that they lay in gin clear reservoir water. Get them early in the morning or late in the evening, they aren't very bitey mid day.

Upper River:  The river above Orofino came up considerably in the last two days. We peaked around noon on the 25th  at 3640 cfs. Although it sounds like a good flow the river was dirty (around 2' vis). We picked a few fish out of the muck but it didn't fish great.

Lower River:  The lower river peaked around noon on the 25th at 5300 cfs. Helped by the clear water out of the NF, the lower river held its visibility around 4'. Catch reports were mixed between poor and fair as the fish were on a mission to move upstream.



This coming week:

The extended forecast is looking pretty good. We only have rain called for 2 of the next 7 days. As the river drops back into the normal fall flows we should find some pretty snappy fish in the runs from Kooskia to Lewiston. The high water will push fish in to new runs and motivate them to start biting again.

We are in the prime time of the season, if you are looking to get out on the water, now is the time! All methods of fishing will pick up fish!


Tight Lines~

Tom Bullock & Clearwater River Company Guides


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     Red Shed in Peck is the place to go for anything related to Spey / Fly fishing.

     Camp-Cabin-Home in Lewiston will fill the needs for any gear fishermen. Camp-Cabin-Home has opened a new store in Orofino!!!!!!!! The new store is located right off Highway 12.  

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A quick note on the harvest report... A lot of this data is interpolated. Only a couple of anglers are actually checked and the rest are just counted from the road. The numbers are also based on previous year counts.  

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RIVER ETIQUETTE:  This is a big SMALL river. When someone does something rude, word travels fast. Some of the stuff that has been going on is just plain common sense. If someone "CORKS" you, take the higher road, say something POLITELY to let them know what they did wasn't cool and continue on with your day. If it is a guide boat, take a picture or write down the boat description, get the outfitter initials off the boat, ask them for their name, and try to get the sticker number. Call the Idaho Outfitters Guides and Licensing Board and report them. If it is a private boat get their boat description and registration number, and spread the word. They will black-list them selves very quickly.

     We are all out here to have fun and catch fish, but not at the expense of other people.

1) Don't Low Hole - If you want to fish a run, either go 150 yards down stream and start or wait for the boat in the run to work their way down.

2) When in Rome do as the Romans - If someone is in a run that you want to fish and they are side-drifting, then side-drift with them - Don't CORK them by starting to back-down plugs. If you want to fish it that bad WAIT for them to move on. 

3) Boat anglers should give Bank anglers (fly fishermen included) their space. But at the same time, Bank anglers don't need to try to lob their gear into a boat to make their point.

4) Do not anchor in the middle of the runs and stay there all day. We all have a right to fish through runs, both guides and private boaters. If you anchor up and are blocking the run, you will only cause tension out on the river. If you want to anchor and eat lunch that is one thing, but staying in the same place all day on anchor while tying up the run is another. A great example of this is at 5-mile, there have been a couple boats that get out there at dark-o-thirty, anchor right in the middle of the run and then wonder why they are catching crap from other boats and not catching many fish. The only exception to this rule is the pipeline outside the hatchery, and if your idea of Steelhead fishing is to sit in town all day at the "pipe" by all means anchor away, you are  missing the big picture of coming to the Clearwater. 

5) Give each other some room. Make an effort to see where bank anglers and boat anglers are fishing and try to avoid running over their water.

Here is a link to Poppy's Etiquette page,

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