Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Clearwater River, Peck, ID
Well there might be some under cover wardens around on the Clearwater but they aren't doing much in the way of stopping illegal angling abuses on the Clearwater. If they are it ain't making the paper. I'm not saying these wardens aren't working just that it's not on the Clearwater, which is exactly Cookie's point.
IDFG enforcement officers out and about on this river are the exception not the rule. It's always the same tired answers from above. They have bigger fish to fry, it's elk season, not enough funds, no manpower, yada, yada, yada. Everyone that fishes here with a shred of common sense has figured out that Steelhead are pretty low on the priority list of the IDFG.
I have fished the Clearwater every year since 1971. It was with gear until 1985 when I first fly fished for chrome. In all that time I have only been checked twice. In 1985 at Bedrock Creek on the highway side of the river I was checked and actually that day I was trout fishing but it was during steelhead season. The last time was 2007 at the Casino run above Lewiston. I was using a two hander. He looked at my license but not my punch card, nor did he seem to want to check my fly for a bent down barb. So much for doing his job. The IDFG has a pretty laid back enforcement attitude on the Clearwater which is really surprising considering what a great river this is.
In spite of my rant I plan on reading the book Lazer is recommending. That being said I'm a lot more interested in enforcement that's in plain sight and a lot more of it.
Poppy=Red Shed Spey Rod Pimp
How you get the line out and fishing is personal preference so as long as it works and is easy no one should care but the caster. MSB
Last edited by MJC; 05-16-2012 at 03:57 PM.