Coeur d'Alene River
Fly Fishing the Coeur d'Alene River
Coeur d'Alene River - North Idaho Fly Fishing:
Coeur d'Alene fly fishing begins twenty miles east of the North Idaho resort town, Coeur d’Alene, on the Coeur d’Alene River. ROW Adventures is the only outfitter that is licensed to guide fly fishing float trips on the pristine upper section of the Coeur d'Alene. This gives our guests exclusive access to some of the finest fly fishing waters in the area. The Coeur d'Alene River boasts a thriving population of both cutthroat and rainbow trout and is sure to keep an angler’s rod bent all day.
Be sure to ask about our fly fishing package options for Idaho, Montana and Oregon.
- Duration: 1-2 Days
- Length: 12 miles
- Season: March-October
- Airport: Spokane, Wash.
Excellent fly fishing, only outfitter permitted to float upper stretch of the Coeur d'Alene, half and full day trips available.
Coeur d’Alene River Fly Fishing
The Coeur d'Alene River flows through a variety of water types including pools, riffles and runs which allows an angler to use many different fly fishing techniques. ROW offers both float and walk-and-wade style fly fishing trips on the upper Coeur d'Alene, depending on seasonal regulations. The upper section, which includes Tee Pee and Independence creeks, offers superlative walk-and-wade fly fishing and you can expect to catch fish that are bigger than what you’d probably expect to find in these headwaters. There is a very healthy population of Cutthroat and Rainbow trout ranging from 6” to 21”.
Throughout the season, the Coeur d’Alene River provides a variety of different hatches. The spring is marked by its remarkable May Fly hatch. Terrestrials and stimulator patterns are a must have in the summer time. And September and October are well know for their consistent daily caddis hatch. When deciding between Stone Flies, May Flies, Caddis and Terrestrials, an angler will benefit from the experience of ROW's expert fly fishing guides. The giant golden stone flies provide some of the best dry fly fishing anywhere. Considering it's close proximity to town, the Coeur D'Alene River is a true North Idaho gem. The Coeur d'Alene is a fantastic river for half, full or multi-day fly fishing trips.
The tranquil setting of North Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River is an ideal fly fishing backdrop. ROW offers guided fly fishing float trips and walk-and-wade trips on this pristine river. This is a remote mountain jewel within easy striking distance of Coeur d'Alene town. Half day and full day fly fishing trips are available year round.
ROW is the only outfitter that's licensed to guide fly fishing float trips on the pristine upper section of the Coeur d'Alene. This gives our guests exclusive access to some of the finest fly fishing waters in the area. The Coeur d'Alene River boasts a thriving population of both cutthroat and rainbow trout and is sure to keep an angler’s rod bent all day. Fish eagerly rise to dry flies all day, and typically 85% of the flies used on the Coeur d’Alene are dries in a variety of patterns.
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When to Go:
We operate trips on the Coeur d’Alene River year round. Our peak season begins in early spring and runs through the month of November. This incredibly productive fishery produces high catch rates all season long, giving anglers consistent action. Each month on the Coeur d’Alene offers our guests new and exciting ways to approach wild trout.
What to Bring:
This list is based on years of experience! Some days in north Idaho are hot and sunny and you'll simply need a swimsuit or shorts, T-shirt and tennis shoes. However, if the forecast is for cool weather, you should try and bring a set of polypropylene underwear and a wool or nylon pile sweater. Our guides often find that polypro underwear with a pair of nylon shorts over the top is the perfect combination for cool days. If it gets even cooler, adding a nylon sweater is a smart idea. Precipitation can come at any time in our region, so be sure to pack raingear for your trip. Avoid all cotton materials as cotton makes you colder when wet!
For Warm Days:
- Sun screen and sun hat
- Nylon shorts or swimsuit
- Camera and film
- Tennis or athletic shoes
- Headstrap for glasses
- Personal water bottle - optional
For Cool Days:
- Polypropylene underwear is highly recommended
- Wool sweater or synthetic pile top
- Rain gear
- See other items under "For Warm Days" too
Coeur d’Alene offers plenty of lodging for any budget. The Coeur d’Alene Resort is a popular choice. This 5 star resort is nationally recognized and because it is conveniently located downtown, it gives you the ability to experience all that Coeur d’Alene has to offer. There is also a Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, La Quinta Inn and several nice bed and breakfast possibilities. Visit www.cdachamber.com for a full list of available lodging. Coeur d’Alene and Kellogg are beautiful resort towns, and it is worth spending a day and night here to see all there is to offer. There are also several places to stay right along the St. Joe. The Super 8 in St. Regis, Forest Grove Lodge in Superior, St. Joe Bed and Breakfast in St. Maries and several hotels in Wallace work well for all of our guests. The Morning Star Lodge at Silver Mountain Resort is the region’s premier condominium resort with studios, one and two bedroom condos and family suites with lofts. This resort is perfect for your fly fishing adventure, as it is ideally located near both the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene rivers.
Fishing and Lodging Packages: ROW offers the best in guided multi-day fly fishing adventures in Idaho and Washington. We operate these 3-6 day wilderness fly fishing trips on the Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, lower Salmon and Grande Ronde Rivers. We have also created a variety of multi-river packages in Idaho and Montana that combine lodging, meals and fishing. Whether you are looking to fish on one river or up to four rivers, we have trips lasting from two to six days. Please contact us and we will be happy to go over available options.
A fifty percent deposit is required upon reservation. The remainder is due 45 days prior to the reserved date. Deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel within 45 days of your trip the entire price of the trip is non-refundable. Our cancellation policies apply to all situations and we regret that we can not make exceptions for personal emergencies. We recommend you purchase our cancellation protection plan. Our trips run rain or shine, and we have all the necessary equipment for our guests.
Please contact us with any other questions, and we hope you will choose ROW for your next fly-fishing adventure.
Coeur d’Alene River Fly Fishing Itinerary
North Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River is the ideal fly fishing destination for anglers of all skill levels. This river is home to prolific numbers of native cutthroat and rainbow trout that feed aggressively throughout the day. This remote mountain jewel offers our guests excellent fishing, wildlife viewing and the perfect high-mountain backdrop. Half day and full day fly fishing trips are available year round.
Where to Meet:
Unless directed otherwise, all guests will meet their guides at the ROW Adventure Center in downtown Coeur d’Alene on 202 Sherman Avenue. Half day trips depart at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm. Full day trips depart at 8:30 am on most days. Meeting times can be adjusted based on a guest’s schedule. Just a block from the Coeur d’Alene Resort, our adventure center provides an ideal location for enjoying the shops and sites of Coeur d’Alene before or after the departure of your trip.
o From Coeur d’Alene you will be shuttled by your guide about 30 minutes east to the Coeur d’Alene River.
o After the culmination of your fishing trip, you will be shuttled back to the ROW adventure center or will be dropped off directly to your hotel.
We employ some of the best guides in the Northwest, and they will do what is necessary to provide you with a fun and productive day on the water. After arriving at the river on a full day trip, you will spend several hours fishing before stopping for a first class riverside lunch. Fishing will then continue into the late afternoon before heading back to Coeur d’Alene. Our guests normally arrive back to Coeur d’Alene between 7:00 and 8:00 pm. On our half day trips anglers will be on the river for around 4 hours and will have plenty of snacks and beverages to enjoy throughout the morning or afternoon. Novice and expert anglers will find the ROW experience to be rewarding and memorable. These trips include all necessary fly-fishing gear, lunch, snacks and beverages.
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