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Coeur d'Alene River - Prichard - Idaho

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Zebra Midges
Winter Stoneflies Morning #16-#18 Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Zebra Midges, Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stoneflies Morning #16-#18 Black Stonefly Nymph
March Midges Afternoon #18-#22 Zebra Midges
Winter Stoneflies Morning #14-#16 Black Stonefly Nymph
Skwala Stoneflies All Day #8-#10 Skwala Adult, Skwala Nymph
April Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #16-#20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
Skwala Stoneflies All Day #8-#10 Skwala Adult
May Salmonflies All Day #2-#6 Salmonfly Adult
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #16-#20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
June Green Drakes Morning #8-#12 Green Drake Nymph
Yellow Sallies All Day #14-#16 Yellow Stonefly Nymph
July Caddisflies Evening #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis
Yellow Sallies All Day #14-#16 Yellow Stonefly Nymph
August Caddisflies Evening #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis
Terrestrials All Day #8-#12 Black Ant, Hopper Pattern
September Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #16-#20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
Terrestrials All Day #8-#12 Hopper Pattern, Beetle Pattern
October Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #16-#20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
October Caddis Evening #8-#10 Orange Stimulator
November Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Zebra Midges
Winter Stoneflies Morning #16-#18 Black Stonefly Nymph
December Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Zebra Midges
Winter Stoneflies Morning #16-#18 Black Stonefly Nymph

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Coeur d’Alene River – Prichard in North Idaho is a go-to destination for fly fishing enthusiasts due to its diverse fish species and spectacular natural environment. Some noteworthy spots for fly fishing involve:

  • North Fork: It is highly favored for its wide variety of insects and calm, clear waters that attract Cutthroat trout, Bull trout, and Whitefish.
  • Main Stem: It exhibits both slow-flowing and high-gradient sections, making it home to the native Westslope Cutthroat trout, Bull trout, and Whitefish.
  • East Fork of the South Fork: This spot has a bounty of small brook trout and is surrounded by a breath-taking landscape.

Do remember, the best time to fly fish in this region is during the hatch periods of late spring and early fall. It’s also important to follow catch-and-release practices to preserve the fish population.

Best Access Points

The Coeur d’Alene River in Prichard is a premier spot for fly fishing enthusiasts with various access points to consider:

  • Shoshone Base Camp: This camp has a boat launch providing easy access to the River.
  • Enaville Trailhead: Located along the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, it provides foot-friendly and handicap-accessible trails leading to prime fishing spots.
  • Prichard Bridge: One of the easier access points. Ideal for those who want a quick start as many prime fishing spots are near the bridge.
  • Gene Day Park: Provides access to deeper areas of the Coeur d’Alene River. Fly fishers may need to wade but the areas are very rewarding.
  • Medimont Boat Ramp: Another excellent access point with a boat ramp. More suitable for larger fishing parties with gear.

Local Fish

  • Westslope cutthroat trout: Native to the Coeur d’Alene River, the Westslope cutthroat trout is a renowned target for fly fishing due to its substantial size and vibrant coloration.
  • Rainbow trout: Identified by its distinct colorful stripe, the Rainbow trout is another primary target for anglers in the region.
  • Brown trout: Although not native to the region, the Brown trout has made a successful home in rivers of Idaho, including the Coeur d’Alene River. They are known for their aggressive behavior and fierce fights when hooked.
  • Brook trout: Fishing for Brook trout can offer some exciting challenges as they put up a robust fight.
  • Bull trout: Recognized as a threatened species, the Bull trout is still catch and release target for some fly fishing enthusiasts. Its size and elusive nature make it a prized catch.
  • Mountain whitefish: A native of the region, Mountain whitefish are often overlooked by fly fishers. However, they are plentiful and can provide plenty of sport.
  • Northern pike: Known for their aggressive nature, Northern pike offer a unique challenge for fly fishing anglers on the Coeur d’Alene River.
  • Large-mouth bass: Found in the warmer sections of the river, Large-mouth bass provide a fun fly fishing challenge due to their strong resistance.

About The River

Deep in Idaho’s panhandle, you’ll find the charming Coeur d’Alene River – Prichard, a haven of natural beauty. It was first inhabited by the Schitsu’umsh people, or the Coeur d’Alene tribe, thus, lending its name to the river.

The majestic river is divided into two main branches – the North Fork and South Fork, each offering distinct scenery and engaging wildlife.

  • North Fork – Famous for its trout fishing, offers a fantastic option for a relaxing day out, whether you’re angling or just enjoying the landscape.
  • South Fork – Crisscrossing through the serene forest, it provides captivating views of Idaho’s wilderness.

Prichard, a historic town located near the river’s North Fork, blends a rich mining history with a tranquil rural lifestyle. Today, the Coeur d’Alene River and Prichard offer ample opportunities for fishing, wildlife viewing, white-water rafting and simply soaking in the breathtaking natural beauty.

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