Fishing Reports

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Clearwater River - December 4th, 2007
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Went over to check out the Clearwater River in Idaho a few weeks ago and forgot to post a report, so here it is. The cold Clearwater was running around 3000cfs and clear, which is the average low for this time of year. The Clearwater is a large river that flows into the Snake River at Lewiston. The mainstream Clearwater runs parallel to Hwy 12 for around 60 miles and offers a number of pullouts with access to the river. The lower stretch from Lewiston upstream to Orofino is big open water with long runs and plenty of casting room, perfect for covering water with a Spey Rod. The upper stretch that runs from Orofino upstream to the town of Kooskia is a bit smaller, but has more structure and diversity in water types (riffles, runs and pools).  The lower stretch receives a lot of jet boat pressure and the upper stretch is predominantly drift boats. There are boat ramps every 5-7 miles on the upper stretch, which offers boat access to some good water that can’t be easily reached from the road because of lack of roadside pullouts along the good water.

  The bulk of the Steelhead run pushes up the river November thru January, so we were a little early, but the allure of 20+ lb Steelhead is hard to pass up if your in the area. The nice thing about being a little early is the lack of angling pressure, so we had the opportunity to fish all of the roadside water we wanted to.

  We fished for a couple of days and were able hook-up with two Steelhead. My fishing partner Robin Barnes was the first to hookup with a beautiful wild fish that was 12+ lbs. She ran back and forth across the river, most of the time with her head down putting a pretty good bend in Robin’s 7136-4 Z-AXIS.  Finally she gave in and robin was able to tail her for a couple of snap shots. I hooked a very nice fish later that day that looked to be around 15lbs. The hookup seemed to be solid, but during the fight the hook unfortunately pulled out and I lost the fish. We were both fishing the SAGE 7136-4 Z-AXIS Spey Rods, which is a great choice for covering big water in search of big fish. We fished big leech patterns and my Marabou Stinger fly on Type 8 sink-tips. I’m going to try to get back over to the Clearwater in January.


The Patient Angler    

Peter Bowers

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