Lochsa Report

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Ray, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Ray Member

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    Fished/Floated the Lochsa on Saturday. Put in at MM 127.5 (Dead Mule Flats) and took out at Fish Creek. Several excellent class 3 and 4 rapids. Lots of bugs coming off, including salmon flies, stones, and a variety of mayflies. It was pretty novel to fish with helmets and drysuits, and so totally worth it. We landed over 20 fish each, several of which were 15-18" class cutties. We mostly fished river left, leaving the highway side to the vehicle bound fishermen.
  2. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Sounds fun! Were you in a raft or kayaks? Did you stop to fish, or fish while moving?
  3. Ray Member

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    I was in a 13' Maravia Spider. Our most productive fishing was while pulled over, but I think that was just because we got more casts in per foot of fishable water when pulled over.
  4. BDD Active Member

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    Ray, nice report. Do those class 3 and 4 rapids drop down to 2 and 3 with lower water in the summer?
  5. Kaiserman content

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    I love that river! One of the most over looked, in comparison to those around it.
  6. Ray Member

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    Wilderness Gateway to Fish Creek drops to class II at low flows. Above that, the bigger rapids like Ten Pin Alley , No-see-um, and Logjam get really boney and very tough to run, but the water slows WAY down. It's possible to do short little runs with fish cats between pull-outs and avoid the rapids. Regardless of flow, I consider it a whitewater river and always wear my pfd.
  7. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    How do you secure your rods while running water like that... break down and back in the tubes? Thanks for the report; that is a really cool river.
  8. Ray Member

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    The guy up front held the rods during the big rapids. If he went for a swim or we flipped, it could have sucked. That was the main reason we chose the section we did. Lots of good fishable water and more negotiable rapids. I wouldn't hesitate to do a Fish Creek to Split Creek fishing trip, but I would do so with my crappy rods.
  9. luv2fly2 Active Member

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    in about a month the fishing will be great, but dont go in august,cuz all the big fish are gone. mikew