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    • September 14, 2021 12:20 PM EDT
      • Post Falls, Idaho
         
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      Fly fishing

      Hi guys. Just dropping in to see whats up and share why I have been inactive. I have been taking a break from trains and most everything else and have been spending some time fly fishing. Call it a much needed mental health break. The head has been feeling decent this summer so I decided to get back to fly fishing. N Idaho is home to two excellent "Blue Ribbon" Westslope Cutthroat trout rivers; the Coeur d'Alene and the St. Joe. Both are about an hour to an hour and a half from my front door to the upper reaches where the best fishing is. I grew up fishing these rivers and got away from it in favor of chasing pike and bass. But deep down in my soul, fly fishing for trout is what I love to do. It feels good to be back at it.

      I have spent several weekends fishing remote stretches of each. Both rivers have sections that venture away from roads. This equates to less pressure and more eager fish. Also about 10 years or so ago, the Idaho Fish and Game set almost all rivers to catch and release for all Cutthroat trout for their entire lengths. They used to only do this in the upper portions. The result is the many more fish are there and many more fish are reaching maturity. I have been averaging fish in the 12-14 inch range and have caught several 16 to 18 inches on both rivers.

      In particular I have spent most of my time on a 7 mile stretch of the N Fork of the CDA. There is a 14 mile stretch of river where there is no roads (except the road crosses it once about mid way) and the trail is way up on the hillside. Not many people fish it so the fish are not pressured like they are on lower reaches where the road runs along the river. I have been fishing the lower 7 miles of the 14 mile stretch. On one trip I was with my sister and I remarked at how I can't believe its possible that I am allowed to live in such a place. Not only is the area full of fish, but it is beautiful as well. And in two trips on this 7 miles of river I saw one other person (not counting my sis). Its amazing that places still exist where you can fish such a quality river, in such a scenic place, by yourself and have it be in your backyard. I am blessed. So I thought I would share and make some of you jealous.

       

      Probably one of the most spectacular parts of this river is the rock bluffs that line the entire canyon. And one formation in particular is just very cool. Cathedral Rocks is about 1/2 mile from the road along the river.

       

      And here is the creek with the same name sake. Its cool because the creek pours over a rock ledge in spills out in various places.

       

       

      I call this the "Cliff Hole" because it a deep hole with this rock cliff the entire length.

       

       

      And here is an example of the trout I have been catching.

       

       

      and one of the best parts is that my best buddy tags along. She loves it and really looks forward to it. She gets excited and has learned what its all about. She will sit up in the bushes and watch me while I fish and then when I catcha  fish she runs down and "helps" me reel it in. She is a trooper and will walk the entire river with me.

       

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    • September 14, 2021 12:42 PM EDT
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      Devon;

       

      Fantastic views, and it looks like you are having good catches.  I also love the photo of your buddy.  Seems like you have had a lot of fun.

       

      Best wishes, David Meashey

       

      P.S.  As part of the adoption agreement, my buddy has to stay indoors, but I suppose she would get pretty excited about catching fish.

    • September 14, 2021 3:00 PM EDT
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      I'm really jealous. Absolutely beautiful scenery. I'm glad to see you feeling well and enjoying the outdoors. Probably the best medicine one can get. Thanks for sharing your's and Pepper's adventures. I'm sure she had as much fun as you.
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    • September 14, 2021 4:59 PM EDT
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      Beautiful shots Devon, thanks! And like Dan, I'm really jealous. And I don't even fly fish. 

       

    • September 14, 2021 6:51 PM EDT
      • Post Falls, Idaho
         
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      Whats amazing to me is how many people live in my area and never experience what it has to offer. I grew up in these woods. I have been wandering them most all of my life. I never feel more at peace than when I am quiet in the presence of my Creator in these woods. I intend to spend a lot more time in them.

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    • September 14, 2021 7:34 PM EDT
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      There is nothing like the outdoors when it's dead quiet except for the sounds of nature.  Glad you have had a great summer. It went by way too fast!

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    • September 14, 2021 11:51 PM EDT
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      Hey!!!! Wait a minute! On a popular social media site you kept saying this was in Iowa, I just booked a week in Iowa to fish this River! You have some splainin’ to do and I will be sending a hotel bill  for reimbursement!

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      The Babs River Railway

      We can do that, but its gonna cost you... a lot more

       

    • September 15, 2021 9:04 AM EDT
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      Yes yes you are right Pete it was Iowa. No need to change your plans. Iowa would love to have you.

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    • September 15, 2021 10:23 AM EDT
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      Nice Cutthroat!

      Back in the day My Dad and I used to fly fish in the central Idaho wilderness area. Now known as the Frank Church.

      That was when Chinook Salmon made it to the upper tributaries of the Salmon River.Besides the fishing, there where numerous old mines.

    • September 15, 2021 3:35 PM EDT
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      John,

       

      I have spent sometime down that way also. I want to get back down there and do some back country fishing in that neck of the woods.

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