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Salmon River Steelhead

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Salmon River Steelhead

Small Streams, June 30th, 2020

Medicine Lodge

Look for a long season coming up on all of our small streams. The number of waters here is almost limitless.  From meadow streams such as the upper Blackfoot River, the river in Teton Valley and middle McCoy Creek to riffle and run streams including Big Elk, Robinson, Palisades, Bear and Beaver Creeks, to name a few, the small stream enthusiast in this area is “a kid in a candy shop.”  We will keep track of how fishing develops on these because they offer tranquil alternatives to our much visited icon waters.

Currently roads to some of our small streams may be a it “mushy” because of recent rains. Most will dry out in a day or two of sunshine.   This could apply to roads in the Island Park area, and further west to roads in the Camas Creek and Little and Big Lost River drainages.  The Ashton-Flagg Road is open, but likely soft in places because of recent rains (and snows at higher elevations).

The Blackfoot River and drainage above the reservoir opens to fishing tomorrow, July 1st, as does the Willow Creek drainage and South Fork tribs below Palisades Dam. These late openings are in place to minimize pressure on spawning cutthroat trout.

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Salmon River Steelhead 10-20-2009

“The best is yet to come”.  That means the bulk of the fish have yet to arrive.  True, folks are picking up fish from time to time, but November will offer many more of the best run in years.  With bigger numbers of fish coming in expect the arrival of many more anglers.

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Salmon River Steelhead 10-10-2009

Looks like the best run of steelhead in years is on its way up the river. Already some folks have tales of success, but the best days lay ahead.  Visit us for up to date information and to acquire the best equipment for encountering these great fish.

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Salmon River 03-11-2009

11-17-2005-013Water conditions from Stanley all the way downstream to the end of the road are very good. Because of the cool weather there has been no low runoff that has discolored the river. We have heard of fish caught as high as Clayton in the last few days but keep in mind most of the fish are still in the Canyon below Salmon and will begin their last push up river in a week or so. By the end of this month the Steelhead should be  distributed throughout the entire upper Salmon.

When the weather does warm up there will be some murky water from Salmon down but it will clear after the low level snow melts and runs off.

We use many of the same patterns as in the Fall like the Green Butt Skunk, Purple Peril and Kaleidescope. Some good Spring patterns include egg sucking leeches, Golden Practitioners,  and any large buggy spey styles.

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Salmon River Steelhead 10/11

Big consideration is the weather. Through this weekend, pay attention to road reports before traveling to the Salmon or Clearwater rivers. Fish are coming in in good numbers in both rivers, and the best fishing lies ahead.

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