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We have an awesome team
of professional guides that consistently put clients on the fish.
interested in booking a guided trip on the Clearwater River
Idaho for steelhead can
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The last little cold snap that pushed through North Central
Idaho slowed the catching down on Idaho's Clearwater River.
Nighttime temps in the high teen to low twenties has caused
river temps to drop dramatically. This is a common occurrence
that we see most years. The first cold weather spell usually
makes fishing a little difficult for a few days until things
settle out and the fish get used to their new, colder
environment. Although the conditions have been tough our boats
have continued to hook fish on a consistent basis, but not with
the reckless abandonment that we saw for the two weeks prior. We
have been having most success by slowing our presentations down
and fishing slower deeper pools that are known to hold fish
throughout the winter months. Technique wise, we have been
picking up fish both back trolling and side drifting bait. The
key during cold snaps is to work likely holding water thoroughly
as the fish will not move far to intercept your gear. Also we
find that fishing is often better in the afternoons as the water
has a chance to warm up a degree or so and that seems to make
the fish more active.
For next week we expect the fishing to improve. The current high
pressure system should start moving out early in the week and
water temps should stabilize. Fish will now be in what we call
"winter mode" and we will continue to pound areas that we know
to hold fish through the cold weather months.
Don't forget that as December approaches we are once again
offering our Holiday Special. If you take a trip with us during
December or January we will give you a 25% discount off our
regular rate. Also we offer gift certificates that make great
stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts.
We at Clearwater River Company would like to wish you a Happy
Thanksgiving and we hope you have a great holiday with family
If you want
to catch a lot of big fish,
book your trip now. To book a trip
email us or give us a call at:
Thanks and Tight Lines~
Clearwater River Company Guides
Larry with his grandson and
a nice hatchery Steelhead kept last week.
Clearwater River Company Guide Cody Estell with a big 'ole hen
caught this November by a CRC client
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Ensure that all wild fish are released immediately unharmed.
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handling and processing tips.
~ 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.
The entire river is barbless hooks only!!!!
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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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Clearwater Crossing RV Park, Orofino, ID,
Lewis-Clark Resort, Kamiah, ID,
The Lodge at River's Edge
Helgeson Place Hotel,
Orofino, ID and
Idaho Sportsman Lodge, Sites, ID.
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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
We are all out here to have fun and catch fish, but not at the
expense of other people.
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
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.
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
each other some room. Make an effort to see where bank anglers
and boat anglers are fishing and try to avoid running over their
Here is a
link to Poppy's Etiquette page,
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