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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill enjoys fishing time in Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

One of the newspapers I write for, the Columbia Basin Herald, provide me with a couple of night lodging at the Coeur d’Alene Resort every year.

I have always enjoyed staying here, just hanging out, but had never gone in the summer.  I recently visited the Coeur d’Alene area and this time I took a fly rod along and fished the Coeur d’ Alene River.

This is a beautiful stream, about the size of the Wenatchee, and is loaded with cutthroat.  I drove about 25 miles up the road that follows the river and spotted a nice stretch that looked like it would hold fish.  It did.

I waded down to an area where the water flowed against a rocky bank and tossed my fly into the foamy current.  My Parachute Adams disappeared in a splash and the first fish I hooked gave me quite a tussle.

I laid it against my rod and measured the length when I got home.  It was 16 inches!  I caught several other cutthroat in this hole and although none were as large they ranged from 10 to 14 inches and were gorgeous.  If you ever get a chance to visit this area, take a fly rod along and give the Coeur d’Alene River a shot.

You will be impressed.

For details or Graybill’s weekly report visit his website at http://www.fishingmagician.com/.

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