Coeur d'Alene River Half Day Walk & Wade

Hike and Cast in the beautiful Coeur d'Alene River in North Idaho
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: $360 for 1 or 2 people.  Extra person $130
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Meet: at the river about 45-50 mins from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. PDT
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Lunch Included: No
  • Snacks & Beverages 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!)

ROW Adventures offers both half and full-day trips on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene.  Our half-day trips are closer to the town of Coeur d'Alene and involve less driving.  For those with less time to spare, these are a great way to experience some excellent fishing without a big time commitment.  We typically fish in the morning, but if your schedule dictates an afternoon time frame, check with us.

Our Walk and Wade fishing trips are ideal for both novice and experienced fishers.  If you want to learn how to fly fish, our guides are patient and instructive.  If you are experienced and want an introduction into techniques particular to the Coeur d'Alene, our guides will share their knowledge with you.  The river fishes well most of the year, although in mid-to-late May it may have increased turbidity that makes for less-than-ideal conditions.  Since there are no dams on the river, it all depends on spring weather patterns and when the major run-off occurs.  Just contact our office for current conditions.    

The Coeur d'Alene River flows some 76 miles from the Coeur d'Alene Mountains which are the most northwestern portion of the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains.  The North Fork joins the South Fork, and the main Coeur d'Alene River then continues its journey through the Chain Lakes and ends upon entry into Lake Coeur d'Alene.  The river is a productive fishery for native westslope cutthroat trout which depend on cold, clear waters.  In addition there are rainbow trout, mountain whitefish and a few other species. 

The river boasts a variety of fishing spots including runs, pools and riffles. Each season the Coeur d'Alene boasts a variety of different hatches. Fishermen can expect to see prolific Mayfly 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. 

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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Dates

Daily departures March through October

Rates

$360 for 1 or 2 people.  Extra person $130

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

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

 

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 half 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 Mayfly 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 half day trip?

We do not provide lunch on our half day walk and wade trip. We do however bring a nice selection of beverages and snacks for your convenience. Feel free to bring along any food or beverage items you may want or need as well.

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