Coeur d'Alene River Full-Day Walk & Wade

Wade on the upper reaches of the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River
Overview
  • Dates: Daily March through October **2021 Update - at this time the water temperatures are too warm for the fish; therefore, we will not be offering Coeur d'Alene Walk 'n Wade trips again until September)
  • Rates: From $227.50*
  • Minimum Age: 12.
  • Meet: at the river about 45-50 mins from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. PDT
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Lunch Included: Yes

Please note: You will need to provide your own Idaho Fishing License. They can be purchased online at the Idaho Fish and Game website.

*Based on two anglers. Does not include taxes, fees, and optional guide gratuity (20% is recommended for satisfied guests).

Guided Fly Fishing Tour of the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River

The ROW Adventure Center is proud to offer guests the opportunity to wade on the upper reaches of the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. 

The river flows from the Silver Valley into Lake Coeur d'Alene and is home to abundant populations of native cutthroat trout. The river is suitable for any skill level and many different fly fishing techniques can be used on this river. The varied terrain creates a range of water categories including riffles, runs, and deep-emerald pools. Each season the Coeur d'Alene boasts a variety of different hatches. Fishermen can expect to see prolific May Fly and Golden Stone hatches in May and June. Parachute Adams and different terrestrial patterns mark the summer months. The waters of North Idaho during the fall months of September and October are famous for their October Caddis hatches. In addition to excellent fishing, the Coeur d’Alene River offers spectacular wildlife viewing in an ideal mountain wilderness setting.

ROW Adventures provides all necessary gear for the trip. If you have your own gear and would like to bring it just let us know.  Your guide will meet you at the river!

Fishing licenses are not included and can be purchased online at the Idaho Fish and Game website.

All fishing is catch and release.

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Rates
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Dates

Walk and Wade Trips - Available from March to Late October.

Rates

  • 1 Angler - $395
  • 2 Anglers - $455 ($227.50 per person)
  • 3 Anglers - $530 ($176.67 per person)

*Includes fishing equipment, boots & waders, and lunch on the river

*Does not include taxes, fees, and optional guide gratuity (20% is recommended for satisfied guests).

Meeting Location

Our trips meet at the river - which is approximately 45-50 minutes east of downtown Coeur d'Alene. Your guide will contact you a few days prior to your trip to confirm the exact meeting place and time. 

FAQ's

Do I need a fishing license?

You will need to provide your own Idaho Fishing License. They can be purchased online at the Idaho Fish and Game website.

Where does the full day walk and wade trip begin and end?

Our trips meet at the river - which is approximately 30-40 minutes east of downtown Coeur d'Alene. Your guide will contact you a few days prior to your trip to confirm the exact meeting place and time. 

What kind of flies do you recommend?

Each season the Coeur d'Alene boasts a variety of different hatches. Fishermen can expect to see prolific May Fly hatches, including mahogany duns, yellow quills, blue-winged olives, western green drakes and others. There are stonefly hatches too, with little yellow stoneflies, winter stoneflies, Skwala and golden stoneflies. Caddisflies are also common, especially in the early fall, and we see short-horned sedges, spotted sedges and little black caddis. We fish with both dry flies and nymphs. Summer months are a great time for terrestrial imitations like Japanese beetles, grass hoppers and carpenter ants.

What kind of wildlife might we see?

The Coeur d'Alene River and wilderness area has no shortages of wildlife. Moose, deer, elk, bald eagles, osprey and bear frequent the river and its banks.

What kind of fish are found in the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River?

Idaho Department of Fish and Game suggests Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii) and Mountain Whitefish (Prosopium williamsoni) as the recommended game fish in the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene.

As well, the following species have been observed in surveys from 2003 - 2020:

  • Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis observed in 2004
  • Chinook Salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha observed in 2004
  • Cutthroat Trout Oncorhynchus clarkii observed in 2004
  • Dace Rhinichthys observed in 2004
  • Kokanee Oncorhynchus nerka observed in 2003
  • Largescale Sucker Catostomus macrocheilus observed in 2011
  • Mountain Whitefish Prosopium williamsoni observed in 2011
  • Northern Pikeminnow Ptychocheilus oregonensis observed in 2010
  • Pacific Salmon Oncorhynchus observed in 2004
  • Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss observed in 2011
  • Redside Shiner Richardsonius balteatus observed in 2004
  • Steelhead (Snake River Basin DPS) Oncorhynchus mykiss pop. 13 observed in 2004
  • Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi observed in 2011

How can I check real time flow data for the river?

The USGS provides real time flow data on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene on their website. You can find more information HERE.

How long is the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River?

North Fork Coeur d'Alene River (Coeur d'Alene River) in Shoshone County is 76.9 miles in length.

Do I need my own Rod, flies, boots and waders?

ROW Adventures provides all necessary gear for the trip. If you have your own gear and would like to bring it just let us know.  Your guide will meet you at the river with everything you need to have a great day!

Can I keep the fish I catch?

All fishing is catch and release. We will help you get some great photos with anything you catch!

Do you provide lunch on the full day trip?

Yes, we do provide lunch as well as a selection of snacks and beverages for your convenience.

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Jeff manning
September 22, 2020 at 12:31 am
Late September
North Fork about 25 miles up
Very low water and crystal clear
My guide Mike worked exceptionally hard to get us into fish
Caught a few Cuts on dries
Fabulous walk and wake day