Clearwater River

Arrow, Idaho

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The Clearwater has long been considered Idaho’s top steelhead river, boasting a strain of these fish that can exceed 20 pounds. These “B” run fish (versus the smaller “A” run) enter the Columbia River on August 25 after spending two or three years in the ocean. They return as brutes in good condition and are much more active than the steelhead that remain over the winter months and are fished in the spring. Look for steelhead in the lower third of pools and runs especially above heavy riffles and whitewater. Clearwater River trout populations tend to be slim or limited. But if trout is your game, you will find some cutthroat and steelhead smolts. Types of Fish: Primarily steelhead and smolts with some cutthroat and bass in the lower sections. This trail guide covers the “where, when, and how: to fish in this region. You’ll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.
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Fly Fishing Idaho

by Bill Mason (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)

The Clearwater has long been considered Idaho’s top steelhead river, boasting a strain of these fish that can exceed 20 pounds. These “B” run fish (versus the smaller “A” run) enter the Columbia River on August 25 after spending two or three years in the ocean. They return as brutes in good condition and are much more active than the steelhead that remain over the winter months and are fished in the spring. Look for steelhead in the lower third of pools and runs especially above heavy riffles and whitewater.

Clearwater River trout populations tend to be slim or limited. But if trout is your game, you will find some cutthroat and steelhead smolts. Types of Fish: Primarily steelhead and smolts with some cutthroat and bass in the lower sections. This trail guide covers the “where, when, and how: to fish in this region. You’ll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

©  Bill Mason/No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Arrow
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Best September-October; Fair January-April, July-August, & November-December
Topo Map: Clearwater River Topographic Map
Guide Book: Fly Fishing Idaho Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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