As I savor the fresh strawberries from my garden, the ones the kids didn’t eat right after picking, I realized this is only one of many areas sweet about living in the Inland Northwest. Yes we have wild huckleberries that abound during the summer months. Yes we have beautiful scenery. But what is truly sweet, the trout fishing.
The berry many associate with this area is the Huckleberry. Many have tried and failed to cultivate huckleberries for commercial/residential growth. Some things are meant to stay wild and grow where they want. This is true for our native black tail cutthroat trout. These beautiful fish can’t be found anywhere other than the Coeur d’Alene River.
These sweet fish are a great catch and a beauty to see. The native huckleberries, while elusive to find are a beauty to eat. So plan to invest the time in both sweets this summer: huckleberries and black tail cutthroat trout. The river is currently fishing great. We’re using smaller equipment; smaller flies and smaller tippet materials.
Now if only I can get the small hands to stop eating my strawberries before I can get to them.