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~ Clearwater River Fishing Report ~

The Clearwater River is kicking out some awesome Steelhead! We have a great staff of professional full time guides ready to put you on the fish. Anyone interested in booking a guided trip on the Clearwater River Idaho for can email us or give us a call at:



Report Date: 10-18-15


Last Week:   

     The river has been running below typical levels and this has required our guides to use stealth-tactics. Most anglers have been focusing their efforts downstream of Orofino, but there are fish throughout the entire system.   

     Despite the low water, the catching has been really good. We've caught some really large fish over the past week. The B-runs are here! Most fish are being caught in deeper slots and in the heads of the runs. The gin clear water forces the fish to hold in deep water or under surface chop for cover. 

     Fly anglers swinging found success using smaller/sparse patterns on full floating lines. Clients have even been picking up a hand full of salmon on the fly, which can be a pretty exciting experience!

     Gear anglers using Blue Pirate, Bubble Gum Pink and Green Pirates plugs, diver \ shrimp and Bobber \ Jig have been the top producers. Side drifting has also been productive, but only in selective runs. 


This Coming Week:

    We are hoping for a shot of rain to keep the fish moving. A freshet will pull fresh fish in from the confluence and move more fish up river. We expect the catching to maintain over the next few weeks as fresh fish move in. The lower river has definitely had more fish in it, but the boat traffic has been pretty heavy. As the season progresses more fish will move up river and spread the fishing pressure out. The Pole Yard should see a fair number of fish starting to stack up as they stage outside of the North Fork. The upper river is so low and boney, that it makes floating it tough. Unless we get a shot of rain, the upper river probably isn't a great option to float. There are fish all the way up to Kooskia, so don't shy way from bank fishing the upper end. Back trolling plugs, side drifting and bobber-n-jig are great gear fishing methods. Swinging flies will continue to be productive until Thanksgiving time.

If you haven't heard, CRC had a custom built one-of-a-kind ADA compliant wheelchair accessible drift boat. See details below.

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We would like to introduce everyone to Clearwater River Company's new boat "Freedom." Thank you to Willie Boats for helping us realize our dream of building an ADA compliant wheelchair accessible boat. This boat is dedicated to our service members of America and anglers who have mobility limitations. Please join us in celebrating this new addition to the company.

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     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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    Lodging is available through reputable local area motels. We like and recommend Clearwater Crossing RV Park, Orofino, ID, Lewis-Clark Resort, Kamiah, ID, The Lodge at River's Edge & Helgeson Place Hotel, Orofino, ID and Idaho Sportsman Lodge, Sites, ID.

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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.

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