Clearwater - Spey Pages
 4Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: PNW, mostly the Deschutes, Sandy, Clackamas, and Cowlitz.
Posts: 23
Clearwater

I intend to fish the Clearwater for the first time this coming fall. Any recommendations on flies or stretches to fish?
deepswing is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 01:54 PM
seaterspey
 
borderfly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Tahoe area
Posts: 2,198
Talk with Poppy at the Red Shed! That's all the information you need to have a great trip. Stop in and say hi he is a wonderful man and the shop is beyond awesome!

KC
Whiskey Dick, Bee, Big K1 and 1 others like this.
borderfly is offline  
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 03:09 PM
Hacker
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Snake, Clearwater and tribs
Posts: 549
Quote:
Originally Posted by borderfly View Post
Talk with Poppy at the Red Shed! That's all the information you need to have a great trip. Stop in and say hi he is a wonderful man and the shop is beyond awesome!

KC
This is the best advice you are going to get in this thread. Just plan on visiting the Red Shed when you arrive and Poppy will set you up.
coug is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: PNW, mostly the Deschutes, Sandy, Clackamas, and Cowlitz.
Posts: 23
Thanks ! I will start at the Red Shed.
deepswing is offline  
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 05:27 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: north. Washington/south British Columbia
Posts: 1,534
Send a message via Yahoo to Nooksack Mac
You want access? For 45 miles from Lewiston to Orofino, the river is close and visible beside Route 12. Just look where others are parked.
Nooksack Mac is offline  
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 11:45 PM
Registered User
 
thunderbolt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Henry's Fork, South Fork, Teton, Clearwater, Salmon
Posts: 155
Depends on when you are planning on going but just like anywhere else it can be crowded especially at the obvious access points. Don't know if you have anything but a boat could open up things for you.
thunderbolt is offline  
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-12-2015, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: PNW, mostly the Deschutes, Sandy, Clackamas, and Cowlitz.
Posts: 23
Hi. Do you recommend floating any particular section in mid September?
deepswing is offline  
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-12-2015, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: PNW, mostly the Deschutes, Sandy, Clackamas, and Cowlitz.
Posts: 23
Thanks for the good advice.
deepswing is offline  
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-12-2015, 11:17 PM
MC
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Teton River, South Fork of the Snake, Henry's Fork
Posts: 205
Or, as Poppy once said...

Find some fishy looking water and fish it. If there's someone already there, get up early the next morning and be the first one there...

MC (Mike Commins)
mcommins is offline  
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-13-2015, 02:28 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Idaho Panhandle
Posts: 158
In mid-September, you can focus on the stretch of river between Lewiston and Orofino. For swinging water, there are some spots a few miles upstream of Lewiston along hwy 95/12, but personally and generally I try to say as far from Lewiston as I can. I'd suggest getting upstream past where hwy 95 veers south away from the river and hwy 12. Beyond that, all I can say for sure is if you see a pull-out and some good-looking water with decent-enough room to stomp around, try it out. If you can, look for channels where the jet boats can't get to as easy (there aren't many).

As for bugs, you can take your pick. People like purple or blue with black a lot. I've caught steelhead on very sparse flies, and also on big intruder-style deals. We used to fish monster leaches but I don't much anymore.

Water should be low and clear unless they're releasing a bunch of cold water from the NF Clearwater between Lenore and Orofino. Actually, either way the water should be plenty clear, and you shouldn't have to worry about getting too far down. Think like a fish, find a spot, and have fun.

"I was spey casting for sure. Everything else I'm unsure about." ~Mumbles
Elvez is offline  
post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 04:24 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: blackfoot river
Posts: 27
hey guys just lookin for an update on the fires... hows the smoke?? does the heavy smoke mess with the fish?
time2shine is offline  
post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 04:44 PM
Registered User
 
inland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Rocky Mountains
Posts: 889
The actual CW main run of fish is still a month or so away. Could be less and could be more. On years like this ( fish counts similar to the mid 90's) it really is a crap shoot if/when the bigger fish show up in consistent numbers. Probably wishful thinking...I would hope much of the smoke has cleared out by then as the fires are under control. But maybe not. The only thing smoke is going to mess with is you the angler. The fish don't care when its 90F and sun blaring down on the water at high noon. They certainly aren't going to care if you get filtered light through smoke.
inland is offline  
post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 05:04 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: clearwater
Posts: 53
smoke

Not many fish in the river yet. I was out last weekend (casting practice?) and the smoke was nasty. Doubt it affects the fish much.

Back to the OP, it's a big river: my advice, which was given to me, is to pick a particular stretch of river that looks good (confirmed by others being there too) and fish it until you know it well. High water, low water, whatever, figure out that stretch and build on your knowledge slowly. Unless, of course, Poppy tells you which rock to stand on - but he usually says find some froggy water and fish it.

For flies, try small, sparse, dark flies with just a bit of bright color in there somewhere. Every fly I have caught a fish on in the CW has had black in it, except for the Lady Caroline. Very early in the morning you might use something with a bigger profile, fished higher up in the water column. Try a skater too, if you are feeling cocky, early in the morning. You will not need a tip until December, and even then can do without.

See you out there, through the haze!

Fritz
clearhead is offline  
post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-13-2015, 01:45 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: green, provo
Posts: 99
any more recent updates? I'll be there in a week and am really looking forward to it.
dfinn is offline  
post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-13-2015, 08:08 PM
Registered User
 
Spey daze 59's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Clearwater, Snake and Grande Ronde
Posts: 51
The smoke is gone thank God! Still very few fish right now, my favorite flies are the Fritter fly (with a topping of June bug flashabou over the Polar bear), Green Ant, and the Grande Ronde River Rat. I've also done very well with Muddlers! Floating line and a leader about as long or longer than your rod is all you need, I fish all the way into November with a floater and do quite well. Tom
Spey daze 59 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Spey Pages forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clearwater john8 General 10 01-18-2015 01:44 AM
Clearwater, ID chief_n8dub Destinations 1 01-17-2014 09:00 AM
Clearwater chief_n8dub Destinations 1 01-13-2011 08:53 PM
What's different about the Clearwater? bogus creek Destinations 3 06-18-2010 08:38 PM
Who's going to the Clearwater? Big K1 Claves and Other Gatherings 24 09-22-2005 09:44 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome