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Salmon River - Salmon - Idaho

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Water Flow Chart

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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.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Afternoon #18-22 Griffith's Gnat, Black Beauty
February Midge Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge, Brassie
March Blue Winged Olive Morning and Evening #18-20 BWO Parachute, BWO Emerger
April Blue Winged Olive, Skwala stones Morning, Evening #10-12, #8-10 Stimulator, Royal Wulff
May Caddis, Salmonfly Afternoon, Evening #14-16, #6-8 Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator
June Golden Stone, Green Drake Morning, Evening #10-12, #8-10 Golden Stone Nymph, Royal Wulff
July Green Drake, Pale Morning Dun Morning, Evening #10-12, #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Hare's Ear Nymph
August Hoppers, Little Yellow Sallies All Day #10-12, #14-16 Stimulator, Foam Caddis
September Mahogany Dun, October Caddis Afternoon, Evening #14-16, #6-8 Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis
October Blue Winged Olive Morning, Evening #18-20 BWO Parachute, BWO Emerger
November Midge Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge, Brassie
December Midge Afternoon #18-22 Griffith's Gnat, Black Beauty

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

Fly fishing enthusiasts flock to Salmon River in Salmon, for the thriving population of fish and diverse ecosystems. Here are a few standout spots:

  • Lower Salmon River: This area brims with Chinook Salmon, promising an exciting fishing adventure. Famous for rapid waters, make sure to be prepared!
  • Upper Salmon River: This spot is abundant with wild steelhead and cutthroat trout, offering plenty of variety for anglers.
  • Middle Fork of the Salmon River: Highly recognized as a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream, it is rich in rainbow trout and Westslope cutthroat trout.
  • Elk Creek: A tributary of the Salmon River, this serene spot offers great fishing away from the crowd.
  • Stanley Lake: At the base of the Sawtooth Mountains, this place boasts of Mackinaw and Kokanee Salmon.

Best Access Points

The Salmon River is a favorite destination for fly fishing enthusiasts. Here are some of the best access points:

  • Pinehurst: Found near the town of Salmon. Known for excellent water clarity and abundance of trout.
  • Shoup Bridge: A popular spot due to its easy accessibility. It’s situated near the highway with ample parking.
  • Elk Bend: Offers a challenging yet rewarding fly fishing experience. Ideal for experienced anglers.
  • North Fork: This location provides beautiful scenery and a quiet fishing environment.
  • Carmen Bridge: Anglers can enjoy the thrill of catching steelhead in addition to the common cutthroat and rainbow trout.
  • Salmon City Ponds: Perfect for beginners, it offers a serene environment and good chances of catching rainbow trout.

Remember, always check local fisheries rules and regulations before fishing.

Local Fish

  • Chinook Salmon: Also known as King Salmon, they’re the most popular fish targeted by fly fishers in the Salmon River due to their size and aggressive nature.
  • Coho Salmon: They aren’t as large as the Chinook but are popular due to their strong fighting nature when hooked.
  • Sockeye Salmon: A unique challenge for fly fishers due to their small mouths and need for precise casting.
  • Pink Salmon: Often underrated by fly fishers, but they offer a great opportunity for beginners due to their large numbers.
  • Steelhead Trout: They are in the same family as Salmon and are highly sought after by fly fishers for their aggressive fights and aerial acrobatics.
  • Rainbow Trout: A smaller species than the Steelhead, they are known for their beauty and offer an accessible target for all skill levels.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Named for the red color under their jaw, they are a favorite among fly fishers for their willingness to rise to a dry fly.
  • Atlantic Salmon: Though not native to the Salmon River, some do make their way into the system and offer a unique opportunity for fly fishers.

About The River

Say hello to the Salmon River! Also known as ‘The River of No Return’, it’s one of the most preserved free-flowing rivers in the United States. This stunning destination stretches over 400 miles, all the way from the Sawtooth Range in central Idaho to the Snake River.

  • 1820 – First named by North American fur trappers and traders.
  • 1860’s – Became a hotspot during the Idaho gold rush.
  • 1980 – Given the status of a ‘Wild and Scenic River’ by the U.S. Congress.
  • Present day – Revered for pristine natural beauty and rich biodiversity.


Famed for its rapids and trout fishing, the Salmon River is both a challenge for whitewater enthusiasts and a jewel for nature lovers. Steeped in history, teeming with wildlife, it’s a spectacle worth experiencing!

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