Amber Lake is still a good bet for cutthroat running 18 inches and up. Try leech patterns close to the bottom.
The North Fork Coeur d’Alene is dropping, though the fast water makes wading tough. Fishing has been good for anglers tossing big stonefly patterns with a dropper. Afternoons are best.
The St. Joe is dropping but still too high for good fishing and the Clark Fork is a few weeks away. Fly fishermen would do better to concentrate on the small lakes – Fan, Sacheen and Fish in Washington and Hayden, Hauser and Fernan in Idaho. The exception would be the bays in Lake Coeur d’ Alene, where bass and pike are in the shallows.