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Little Salmon River - Riggins - Idaho

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Meeting to Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges
February Midges, Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-22, 16-18 Zebra Midges, Blue Winged Olive Dun
March Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-18 Blue Winged Olive Dun
April Blue Winged Olive, Little Black Stoneflies Afternoon 16-18, 14-16 Blue Winged Olive Dun, Black Stonefly Nymph
May Caddis Afternoon to Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
June Golden Stonefly, Green Drakes Mid-Morning to late Afternoon 8-10, 10-14 Chubby Chernobyl, Green Drake Dun
July Mahogany Duns, PMD Afternoon to Early Evening 14-18, 16-20 Mahogany Dun, PMD Parachute
August PMD, Tricos, Stoneflies Morning to Afternoon 16-20, 20-26, 8-12 PMD Parachute, Trico Spinner, Chubby Chernobyl
September Tricos, October Caddis Morning to Evening 20-26, 8-10 Trico Spinner, Elk Hair Caddis
October October Caddis, BWO Afternoon 8-10, 16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Blue Winged Olive Dun
November BWO, Midges Afternoon 16-18, 20-22 Blue Winged Olive Dun, Zebra Midges
December Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Little Salmon River in Riggins is a real gem for seasoned fly fishermen with several hot spots rich in aquatic life.

  • Fish Creek: Known for its abundance of trout species, this spot offers rewarding fishing experiences in a serene setting.
  • Hazard Creek: This tributary is famous among locals and visitors alike for its healthy population of salmon.
  • Rapid River: A favorite among serious anglers, Rapid River offers a challenging environment to tangle with elusive Chinook Salmon.
  • Pollock Creek: Located near Highway 95, Pollock Creek is both accessible and prolific in trout.

Each location has its unique appeal. The Little Salmon River’s clean, pristine waters promise an exciting catch, and a mesmerizing natural beauty that adds to the overall fly fishing experience.

Best Access Points

The Little Salmon River in Riggins is a haven for avid fly fishermen. We’ve outlined the top access points for a promising fishing experience.
  • Highway 95 Bridge: Access to the Little Salmon is straightforward at the Highway 95 Bridge.
  • Time Zone Bridge: A popular fly fishing spot, located 2.6 miles north of Riggins. Provides easy access to both the shore and river.
  • Twin Bridges Fishing Access: Offers anglers multiple opportunities across several miles of river.
  • White Bird Grade: This steep trail provides direct access to excellent fly fishing spots.
  • Hammer Creek Recreation Site: Ideal for launching drift boats, rafts and provides ample opportunities for roadside fishing.
Remember, seasonal restrictions may affect availability of certain areas, always verify them before making travel plans.

Local Fish

  • Steelhead Trout: Known for their fight and size, Steelhead Trout are one of the top targeted fish for fly fishing on the Little Salmon River.
  • Chinook Salmon: These are the largest species of Pacific salmon and provide a challenging and rewarding fly fishing experience.
  • Cutthroat Trout: The native Idaho Cutthroat is a popular target for anglers on the Little Salmon River.
  • Rainbow Trout: Rainbow trout are abundant in the Little Salmon River, making them a prime target for fly fishers.
  • Bull Trout: A very cold-water fish, the Bull Trout is a fun and rewarding species to catch.
  • Whitefish: Mountain whitefish are commonly found throughout the Little Salmon River, providing consistent fly fishing opportunities.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Although not a native species, Smallmouth Bass can be found in the Little Salmon River and provide an additional challenge for fly fishers.
  • Sturgeon: Despite not being a traditional fly fishing species, Sturgeon can be caught in the lower sections of the Little Salmon River.

About The River

The Little Salmon River, near Riggins, holds a captivating history well worth exploring. This famously clear tributary of the Salmon River runs about 50 miles long and has been an exquisite treasure of Idaho’s stunning landscapes for ages.

  • Prehistory: The Nez Perce tribes, native to the region, initially inhabited the area around the Little Salmon River. They often harnessed its waters for fishing Salmon, a critical food source.
  • 19th Century: The discovery of gold in the late 1800s led to a surge of miners and settlers who used the river as a primary means of transport and livelihood.
  • 20th Century: In the 20th century, the river saw its share of conservation efforts, not only to preserve the natural landscape but also to maintain the thriving Idahoan recreational fishing industry.

Today, the Little Salmon River stands as a testament to Idaho’s rich history and continues to offer fantastic recreational fishing, white-water rafting, and picturesque camping experiences.


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