Water flow: 14100
Visibility: 16 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F
Water condition: Stained
Best time of day to fish: All day
Best stretch: Riggins
Best access point: Riggins
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Fish species: steelhead, Chinook Salmoon, Smallmouth
Fishing season: Open all year bass, special regs for Steelhead and Salmon.
Nearest airport: Boise
Recommended fly fishing leader: 6 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 2X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 7 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Salmon/Steelhead WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Class V Sink Tip Fly Line
The Salmon River is the longest free flowing river within a states borders in the continental U.S. Consisting of the 2nd deepest canyon in North America from its mouth on the western border of Idaho to its granite peaks upwards of 10,000 ft. at its headwaters in Stanley Basin. This is the farthest inland anadromous fisheries running 800 miles from the Pacific Ocean. World famous for its steelhead and Chinook ...
Salmon, it is often referred to as the 'River of No Return' coined my the Lewis and Clark expedition. The river and its tributaries drains the largest wilderness area in the continental U.S., the 'Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area. It also borders the Hells Canyon Recreation Area and enters Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon on the North American continent, at its mouth. It is home to resident Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout. Deep canyons, big water excellent for boat fishing and spey fishing to higher mountain stream water conducive to traditional trout fly fishing techniques. Smallmouth bass inhabit the lower reaches providing a excellent western drift boat experience. Nez Perce indians named this river, 'Nah so Kohs' meaning 'Big Fish Water'.
Sink tip with flies imitating steelhead and salmon smolt for smallmouth bass.