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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-13-2009, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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I plan on fishing the Clearwater, Salmon and possibly the Snake in October (10 to 19) or so. Never fished the area, and after 40 years this is my chance.
Need some suggestions as to area and what flies are best swung, what lines and leader tippet strength. Weighted or unweighted flies. Any thing else pointing the way would be appreciated. How about using pontoon boats, is a guide necessary?
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You picked a great time to plan you trip!

A floating line with a 12-15' tapered leader to 8-10# paired with the unweighted fly of your choice either skated or fished in the film is all you need.

Check in with the Red Shed Fly Shop in Peck, ID for local advise. A guide would certainly shorten the learning curve and Mike can put you in touch with Tracy through the shop. Lots of access. You'll have a ball.
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Check in with the Red Shed Fly Shop in Peck, ID for local advise. A guide would certainly shorten the learning curve and Mike can put you in touch with Tracy through the shop. Lots of access. You'll have a ball.
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I'm not sure if I should tag a question on here or start a new thread, but here goes....

Wading laws vary from state to state and I don't know the laws in Idaho. Are there any legal issues to be aware of while wading the Clearwater? Anybody have a link to wading laws in Idaho?

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Normal High Water mark like Montana. That said the Clearwater will KICK YOUR ASS in a minute if you're not careful. Slippery rocks, drop offs etc. Your wading skills will be tested. If you're not sure, take a staff. She's big water and if'n she gets a holt ov ye yer in fer a ride.....
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Not sure ---

Thin manual / automatic life vest is always added security especially if you are by yourself. It fits well with waders.

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Caihlen is correct, in Idaho there is a public right of way below the normal high water mark. You also have a right of way on private land if there is a dam or other obstruction that prevents you from staying below the high water mark. Bridges on public roads are considered legal access points to navigable waters. I should point out that access and right of way applies only to navigable waters, which are defined as "any stream which in its natural high-water condition, will float logs or any other commercial or floatable commodity, or is capable of being navigated by oar or motor propelled small craft for pleasure or commercial purposes. For full details see the Idaho fishing regulations.--AJ

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Thank You. I should not worry at all then as long as the access is legal. Hope to run into a few of you out there.....

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Scrubs....

As has been pointed out the river bottom can be like ice. Regular carbide studs will often send you skating into a depression in the Basalt rock underwater. If you can stand wearing them take some aluminum cleats, as they grip much better on the super hard Basalt. Wear an inflatable life vest of some sort.

Fish whatever you have confidence in....having said that I have had good luck on black diamond braid bodies, polar bear wing, purple flashabou and a yellow tip and tag, blue guinea throat....sizes 4-6

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I have some soft (cheap) roofing steel studs in place now. I will get some aluminum and bring them along. I was told the water should be rather low that time of year. How far out do most people wade?
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Thats the nice thing about steelhead, they tend to lay close in, so you won't have to be up to your waist. In fact if you are spey casting the deeper you go the less efficient your casts become.

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Studs are definitely a good thing, but even with I have done the wader shuffle quite a few times on the slippery cobble. The river must have thought I needed a wash.
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Do the fish respond well to a larger fly on the clearwater?

I think of a #4 as kind of large for lower summer water. I have tied mostly #7 and #6 flies but have some #5, #4, and #3 hooks, should I spend more time using the larger fly? I have the hopes of hooking one fish in 4-5 days of fishing, is that realistic?

Thanks again for the input everybody.

Any other input is appreciated. I do expect the crowds, hope I am early enough that the sled people aren't out in force yet. I am coming during the catch and release only season.

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if you get a tug a day or hook a fish a day on the Clearwater your doing well. If conditions are good you should be able to have some sucess in 4-5 days provided you a have a clue. good luck out there
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