Little Salmon River, Idaho Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Little Salmon River, Idaho Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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COVID-19: Fishing is still allowed in Idaho, and we encourage you to fish! However, the service in the communities are essential only and extremely limited. Please be respectful of social distancing and bring as much supplies with you as you can, so as to not strain the limited local supplies and to not expose residents. Steelhead: nymph wolly buggers and egg patterns; purple and black + green patterns have been productive, especially swinging the longer runs. Swinging red and white flies on sunnier days has also been productive. Chinook Salmon - closed but it was good! Trout - large rainbows are in the system with this cooler water. Watch out for Redd's. Please Do Not fish around or Tread on Redd's They are your only hope for the fish of tomorrow.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Little Salmon River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 186

Visibility: 8 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 51 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Pre dawn, dusk

Best stretch: First few miles close to the confluence of the Salmon River

Best access point: Good access throughout the stretch.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Trout Midges BWO Steelhead eggs, rubber leggs, swung flies

Fish species: Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, rainbow

Fishing season: Various species and special restrictions. (See Regs)

Nearest airport: Boise

Person Fishing in a stream

Little Salmon River Description

Unique watershed with the major fisheries from the waterfalls downstream to the confluence with the Main Salmon River. This shares a dual role as a anadromous as well as a residential fishery. Premier steelhead and Chinook Salmon cascading stream. Water quality also improves from waterfalls downstream to the confluence. Resident species are Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat, and Rainbows. Rapid River, a ...

Techniques & Tips

See F&G Rules and Regulations for updated seasons and restrictions. Steelhead (January 1st - May 15th; August 1-31st Catch & Release; September 1st - December 31st): Swinging egg sucking leeches and green butt skunks in tail outs and smaller runs is working well. Nymphing wolly buggers and eggs in slow deep pools and buckets under a indicator can be effective. Trout: We're going deep with purple, copper, and gold nymphs, and terrestrials like native hoppers are always pretty productive. Chinook Salmon - Egg patterns, as well as anything shrimp like. Work the eddy seams below ripples, get low in the fast water, and work down the eddy. Behind rock/gravel bars in the lower river is money.

7-Day Forecast

Steelhead - stray into the little river and be found in the 4 miles closest to the confluence of the Salmon River. Water is very low and clear right now, so your best bet are the deepest pools. Trout - look for them around cooler tributaries and in deep holes. Chinook - was short but good. Watch out for Redd's. Please Do Not fish around or Tread on Redd's They are your only hope for the fish of tomorrow.


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