Looking North

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Synopsis As of today, March 31st at sundown, trout fishing in the Wood River Valley is closed; however, with the close of trout fishing season comes another spectacular fly-fishing option – steelheading! The annual run of Salmon River Steelhead is in full swing and by all accounts it is one of the most exciting runs to date. Driving north from Sun Valley to Stanley is an enticing excursion and many fishermen are finding success chasing one of nature’s finest fish. Steelhead Fishing As of March 29th, there were 750 returning steelhead recorded at the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. On many years … Read More

Late Season Trout, Early Season Steelhead

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Synopsis As the late winter/early spring trout season draws to a close, Rainbows are feeding ravenously as they prepare for their annual spawning cycle. But as the freestone trout approach the end of their season, the Steelhead run on the Salmon River is just getting going. So, whether you prefer casting light tippet and miniscule dries for aggressively feeding trout or dredging the riverbed with leeches and egg patterns for the Rainbow’s larger cousin, the time is right to wet your line and enjoy the beauty of the Northern Rockies in March. Trout Fishing The Big Wood, Big Lost and … Read More

Spring Fishing in the Rockies

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Synopsis March is a spectacular time to fly fish our local rivers. In the opinion of many anglers, March offers the best dry fly fishing of the year. Midges and a few Baetis will blanket our local freestones through the end of the general trout season (March 31st) and, especially on the warmer days, catch rates can skyrocket for the determined fly fisherman. However, freestone trout are not the only quarry of springtime. Steelhead, which are currently running up the Salmon River, present fly fishermen with a rewarding challenge in the shadow of springtime in the Sawtooth Mountains. Whether you … Read More

Silver in the Sawtooths – The Epic Run of Rocky Mountain Steelhead

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Synopsis The Salmon River was originally named for the migratory salmon species which teemed within its banks, but this spring it will be the Steelhead which draws anglers to its shores. Steelhead are the springtime attraction for fishermen on the “River of No Return” and this year promises to offer the highest “steelie” return in recent memory. The Idaho Fish and Game as well as local outfitters, guides and fishermen are expecting this to be an epic run and one that could be talked about in local fly-shops, restaurants and bars as the best steelhead season in modern history. The … Read More