Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 8

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for July 8
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At Swede’s Fly Shop on Garland, Allen Petersen had this to say about fishing area lakes during the heat wave: “Successful fly fishers are using full sinking lines that sink about 7 inches per second, and fishing them in the deeper sections of the lakes to avoid the heated shallows. Lakes like Fishtrap, Badger and Amber all have good fish populations with sizable holdover trout. I would suggest aquatic insects that imitate the dragon fly, damsel fly, leeches and amphipods, all fished as deep as possible. Put some life into the retrieve by using short erratic strips of the fly line, pausing every 3 feet or so.”

Good fishing in the morning hours continues on the Spokane River. Chubby/dropper rigs are effective and nymph rigs are always good. Fish the riffles, fast slots and deeper zones and knock off by noon, Silver Bow Fly Shop said.

The upper St. Joe River has been good and water temperatures have remained much lower than the bottom half of the…

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