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~ Clearwater River Fishing Report ~

Another great steelhead season is here and underway! We have an awesome team of professional guides that consistently put clients on the fish. Anyone interested in booking a guided trip on the Clearwater River Idaho for steelhead can email us or give us a call at:





10/21 Fishing report

The start of retention season usually leads to a couple weeks of tougher fishing due to angling pressure.  This year has been no exception.  A lot of boats on top of the fish with low flows and high sun have pushed the fish out of some of the old haunts and into more subtle water.

We've done better picking pockets with floats or drift gear than pulling hardware in the obvious places.  These fish will get pushed around but they are always willing to bite if you can find them.

Anglers will find more success in these high pressure times by scaling down the presentation, fishing that presentation softly and have a willingness to fish pockets not normally looked at.

South Fork: Probably some fish in it but is got to be trickling.

North Fork: One good day of rain made for great fishing on the NF last week.  the rain pushed more fish into the north fork, those fish are still there but persistent high sun and crystal clear flows have these fish back on edge. If you're thinking about trying it go to light line  and a small presentation.

Upper River:  The flows above Orofino have picked up a bit and with it so has the fishing.  There are fish being caught clear to Kooskia however most are focusing on the first 10 miles above Orofino. The rain we saw last week has stirred the upriver fish up and has them biting again. Pick a way to fish and fish it with confidence.

Lower River:  As expected things slowed down to to the influx of pressure. Steelhead sitting in low, clear water don't tend to respond well to a barrage of tackle.  Fish are still available for the anglers willing to change up their tactics.


This coming week:

The fish should continue to make their way up the system and start spreading out a bit.  We should see the fishing pick up mid week as the pressure typically drops off and the fish can start relaxing again.  Getting close to the first water temperature drop of the year with colder nights heading our way... That always makes things a bit challenging.



Our protected fall Chinook are going into spawning mode. Please avoid any small gravel, shallow water with fish rolling in it.... These fish lived an extremely tough life and deserve to finish their days in peace.


Tom Bullock & Clearwater River Company Guides


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~ Clearwater River Fishing Links ~

     Red Shed in Peck is the place to go for anything related to Spey / Fly fishing.

     Camp-Cabin-Home in Lewiston will fill the needs for any gear fishermen. Camp-Cabin-Home has opened a new store in Orofino!!!!!!!! The new store is located right off Highway 12.  

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A quick note on the harvest report... A lot of this data is interpolated. Only a couple of anglers are actually checked and the rest are just counted from the road. The numbers are also based on previous year counts.  

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RIVER ETIQUETTE:  This is a big SMALL river. When someone does something rude, word travels fast. Some of the stuff that has been going on is just plain common sense. If someone "CORKS" you, take the higher road, say something POLITELY to let them know what they did wasn't cool and continue on with your day. If it is a guide boat, take a picture or write down the boat description, get the outfitter initials off the boat, ask them for their name, and try to get the sticker number. Call the Idaho Outfitters Guides and Licensing Board and report them. If it is a private boat get their boat description and registration number, and spread the word. They will black-list them selves very quickly.

     We are all out here to have fun and catch fish, but not at the expense of other people.

1) Don't Low Hole - If you want to fish a run, either go 150 yards down stream and start or wait for the boat in the run to work their way down.

2) When in Rome do as the Romans - If someone is in a run that you want to fish and they are side-drifting, then side-drift with them - Don't CORK them by starting to back-down plugs. If you want to fish it that bad WAIT for them to move on. 

3) Boat anglers should give Bank anglers (fly fishermen included) their space. But at the same time, Bank anglers don't need to try to lob their gear into a boat to make their point.

4) Do not anchor in the middle of the runs and stay there all day. We all have a right to fish through runs, both guides and private boaters. If you anchor up and are blocking the run, you will only cause tension out on the river. If you want to anchor and eat lunch that is one thing, but staying in the same place all day on anchor while tying up the run is another. A great example of this is at 5-mile, there have been a couple boats that get out there at dark-o-thirty, anchor right in the middle of the run and then wonder why they are catching crap from other boats and not catching many fish. The only exception to this rule is the pipeline outside the hatchery, and if your idea of Steelhead fishing is to sit in town all day at the "pipe" by all means anchor away, you are  missing the big picture of coming to the Clearwater. 

5) Give each other some room. Make an effort to see where bank anglers and boat anglers are fishing and try to avoid running over their water.

Here is a link to Poppy's Etiquette page,

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