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SUP Demo Day
July 3, 2014
Big R Fly Shop
Join us in Sandpoint, ID for a Stand Up Paddle Board Demo day from 10am-2pm Saturday July 12 at Sand Creek.  We will be setting up right next to the Sand Creek Bridge in Sand Creek Park just before you get to City Beach.  Trevor Gregson for Boardworks will be there to help, instruct, and demo many of the Boardworks Boards.  There is no cost and we are offering an additional $100 off any paddleboard that is purchased during the event.  It is always a good time.... Read more
 
Salmon Season Countdown!
June 30, 2014
Paul Angiolillo
Everyone here in the shop today is really excited for tommorow. July 1st marks the season opener for salmon in the Upper Columbia and the Okanogan River. Whether your swinging flies or using a downrigger, we have everything you need for getting into the Kings. Make sure to stop by the shop for the latest. Hope to see you out there! Read more
 
Almost Anything, Big R's Got It
June 25, 2014
Paul Angiolillo
In past posts some of our blog posts included  the phrase fishing the farm store,  although some of our veteran readers might be familiar with this idea, I was not. As new manager of the shop I took the initiative to fish the farm store, and honestly it was pretty fun looking at different products and thinking how I could apply that to fly fishing. It was a great experience and if your feeling up to the task I encourage everyone to try it! My fly fishing takes me a lot of... Read more
 
Fathers’ Day Fishing Report and the Echo Gecko
June 19, 2014
Omak Fly Shop
Nothing is better on Fathers’ Day than being with your children catching fish and seeing your son take the shine off of his first fly rod. We had made plans to hit Green Lake this Fathers’ Day on a tip from our Fly Shop Manager Paul. Paul’s advice to me was “Luke you need to hurry and get your boy’s to Green Lake the Bluegill fishing is outstanding.” So this Sunday we topped off the tubes in the raft stopped by the Big R Fly Shop for some killer bugs and... Read more
 
Methow River Update
June 10, 2014
Paul Angiolillo
Peak run off on the Methow River is over, and water clarity is clear with about 5 feet of visibility! However the hotter days of the week bring little spikes of higher flows. With the banks still moving a little too fast, trout are holding in the back eddys, riffles, and slow runs. To be successful, take the time to nymph these areas because lots of fish are holding in the slower water. With Yellow Sallies beginning to hatch any small stone fly nymph in yellow or gold color has been... Read more
 
Missouri River Fishing Report
June 8, 2014
Denver Rathbun
The Missouri River is fishing well! - Go visit our fishing report for details. Here's a few nice fish from  yesterday Read more
 
Fly Fishing 101
May 27, 2014
Calvin Fuller
Come join us this Saturday at the Big R in Sandpoint, ID for free Fly Fishing 101.  We will start at 9 am and run the class untill around noon.  We will have rods to cast, knots to tie, and flies to study.  We enjoy teaching all skill levels from beginners to advanced.  We will be going over serveral different ways to catch fish and cast effectively as well as various techniques on how to match hatches with what you have. Hopefully we will see you there!   Read more
 
Trout Bum 101: Camp Coffee Edition
May 27, 2014
Paul Angiolillo
It's warm and its delicious and lets face it, John Gierach made it famous when he wrote about Camp Coffee in his book Trout Bum. Coffee is one of those things that become ritual and for some folks just a plain necessity. Whether it's Folgers, old recycled grounds, or some of that gourmet stuff there are a lot of options. No matter what the type, there is just something different about a cup of genuine camp coffee. Being located right next to the camping department has its perks.... Read more
 
Float Tube Clinic, Sunday May 18th
May 14, 2014
Join us Sunday, May 18th at Big R Fly Shop Ponderay for our first ever float tube techniques class. We are meeting at the shop around 10 am to cover some topics in a classroom setting then we will head out to round lake and put them to the test! You will need a kick fin boat (float tube or pontoon boot) as well as your fishing gear and a life jacket! See ya then! -Dustin  Read more
 
Spring Time for Spring Creeks
May 8, 2014
Paul Angiolillo
One of my favorite times of year to fish is during the spring. The ice finally comes off from the winter and trout begin to really get on the bite! But as spring wears on towards summer rain and further snow melt ensues, it causes my favorite rivers to swell up. When this phenomenon occurs, I always turn to the local area spring creeks. Just moving over to Omak from Montana, I generally think of Washington state as the steelhead mecca of the lower 48. However, Washington has it's own gems... Read more
 
Fishing Reports
  • COLUMBIA RIVER - UPPER
  • July 8th, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 95 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • CLARK FORK RIVER
  • July 3rd, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 84 ° F 
    Fishing: Excellent
  • NORTH TWIN LAKE
  • June 30th, 2014
    Mostly sunny
    Temperature: 78 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • METHOW RIVER
  • June 25th, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 75 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • CLARK FORK RIVER
  • June 24th, 2014
    Scattered showers
    Temperature: 64 ° F 
    Fishing: Poor
  • COEUR D'ALENE RIVER - N. FORK
  • June 24th, 2014
    Scattered showers
    Temperature: 62 ° F 
    Fishing: Excellent
  • KETTLE RIVER
  • June 23rd, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 77 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • CHOPAKA LAKE
  • June 23rd, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 80 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • OKANOGAN RIVER
  • June 21st, 2014
    Mostly sunny
    Temperature: 78 ° F 
    Fishing: Good
  • HENRY'S FORK RIVER
  • June 19th, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 65 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
Water Flows