Clearwater River Fishing Report ~
believe October has already slipped by.... The fish numbers look
great and catching has been awesome. We have an awesome team
of professional guides that consistently put clients on the fish.
interested in booking a guided trip on the Clearwater River
Idaho for steelhead can
email us or give us a call at:
system settled back in to normal flows after a wet week with
high water. The catching has been picking up after a few tougher
days, but our guides have persevered. With conditions as they
are, the fish are fair game for everyone. This is a great chance
for Spey-casters, float-tossers, side-drifters, spoon-chuckers,
back-trollers and everyone else to find success on the
Clearwater River, Idaho. Our Professional Steelhead guides have
been finding the big B run fish throughout the entire system.
increase in water flows scattered the fish, so some of our
guides chose to do long floats covering as much choice water as
possible to get their numbers. Some guys who committed to
grinding 5-6 miles of water put enough fish in the net to make
great days. So it really is a matter of preference on how you
want to fish, as long as you have a well presented line in the
water, you should get into fish.
The SF is
flowing at 183 cfs. The high water last week absolutely pushed
some fish in there but anyone thinking about it should expect to
hole hop. If you aren't getting fish quick in a hole move to the
next one. Any fish in the area will know a bait is in the
vicinity after 1 cast. Don't waste too much time if you're not
fork is doing a great job pushing clean water in to the
mainstream. Fish are holding from the wall to the pole yard.
Bobber fisherman are getting a few. Best success seems to be
coming early in the morning or late in the evening. A couple
nice fish caught swinging spoons today in the rainy weather by
the sounds of it.
above Orofino has been hit and miss this last week. This
weekend's flow was 2700. It has refused to get clean with the
visibility remaining in the 3-4' range. The cloudy water has
discouraged most Spey fishermen from swinging, but bait
fishermen have been doing well if they on a stretch that is
holding fish. Fish have been getting caught clear to Kooskia
and beyond but every day has been different as these fish are on
the move. If you happen to hit a stretch on a day where fish are
moving through you stand to do well. As the flows drop and the
water temperature drops the fish will start to slow down and
river has come into nice form as of late. The clarity has been
good and flows are ideal for most forms of fishing. Fish are
available from top to bottom. The big variable in fishing the
lower river is wind forecast. Pay attention to that before you
choose a section to fish.
rain in our forecast 4 of the next 7 days. Fishing will hinge on
just how much rain we get. In our opinion the river is in good
enough shape that it can take quite a bit. If it doesn't rain
too hard in the headwaters, the fishing should remain good! If
it dumps up top, we may see a few more days where we scratch
for a few. The only way to know for sure is to be on the water
and seeing for yourself! Watch the river flows (links below). It
takes about 14 hours for the water to peak near Orofino after it
has peaked on the Selway or Lochsa.
Tom Bullock & Clearwater River Company Guides
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~ Clearwater River Fishing Links ~
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.
The entire river is barbless hooks only!!!!
Clearwater River Flows
Orofino 10-day Weather Report
Pacific Northwest Radar
to Celsius Converter
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number in your phone!
Steelhead Regulations ~
Steelhead Home Page ~
Steelhead Harvest Report ~
Steelhead Dam Count ~
7-day Dam Count ~
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.
Fishing License and Steelhead Tag Online
Idaho Fish and Game
Dworshak Fish Hatchery
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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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
We are all out here to have fun and catch fish, but not at the
expense of other people.
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
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.
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
each other some room. Make an effort to see where bank anglers
and boat anglers are fishing and try to avoid running over their
Here is a
link to Poppy's Etiquette page,
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