A Slow Start to Steelhead

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This time last year the steelhead fishing was excellent, but this year the weather is cooler and the fishing has been slower. As with most steelhead reports it depends on who you talk too. The weather will warm up in early April and I expect the fishing to get much better. Below Salmon the water has been going up and down because of runoff and the conditions have not been that good. There are some fish in the upper river with many of these fish wintering in those stretches. The main run of fish is still below Challis and they … Read More

Salmon River Fishing Report

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Steelhead fishing is rapidly approaching. The weather has still been cold, but the days are getting longer and the fish are starting to move up the river. There are fish in the upper river between Yankee fork and Stanley, but most of these fish wintered over in the deeper holes in the area. The main group of fish is moving up through Salmon and is now in Challis and down river. The Lemhi has been putting mud and colored water into the main stem off and on for the past couple of weeks so the fish have not been pounded … Read More

Spring on the Big Wood

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As I write this, a light snow is falling and the temperature is around 34 degrees. On many days like today, you can find some of the best fishing of the winter and early spring. Big Wood river rainbows will be found feeding on or near the surface, especially with very little sun. My favorite patterns are the Trailing Shuck Midge, Griffith’s Gnat, and even small parachutes for fish on the surface. I like carrying Brassies without beads and other light sinking nymphs in smaller sizes such as 18’s and 20’s. Use 6x tippets on these smaller flies. Before and … Read More