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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-05-2019, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Fishing the Clearwater

I am sure there are many other posts about this and I don't mind if you send me links to previous threads as well.

Having moved out of Oregon I feel myself itching to do some steelheading, or as my partner calls it; getting rained on while standing in cold water.

As the itch turns more into a burn (something I will get looked at after I fish) I asked some friends in the fly shop where to go and they have told me that the clearwater is my closest option, which is a 6-7 hour drive from where I live in Bozeman. I have a three day weekend coming up later this month and I figured I would make the drive.

I figured I post here and see if anyone could help me out with stretches of waters to fish and flies to swing. I am not looking for a honey hole, although they are welcomed, just a place to set up camp for two days.

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Check with Poppy or Dale at the Red Shed in Peck when you hit town - they generally have some pretty good intel. The good news is that Rt 12 parallels the river for most if not all of the stretches of the river you would want to fish - which will be mostly below Orofino I suspect, and more likely down toward Lewiston. The bad news is that this year's run was tragically low - worse than last year's abysmal returns. I got 1 fish in 12 days, and a friend from the area told me I was doing better than most.

Good luck, it's a fun river to practice casting.


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Thanks for the reply. Worst case scenario Im standing in a river fishing.

What about the Salmon river in Idaho? Similar poor returns?
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What about the Salmon River in Idaho? Same poor returns?



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