Upper Salmon River
The Upper Salmon River, from Stanley downstream to Challis, has two distinct fisheries. Steelhead move into the river around March 15 as water temps begin to rise. Fishing is primarily walk-and-wade, angling to visible fish. Fish are beginning to spawn around this time, but remain very aggressive through the season, which ends in late April. A Sawtooth National Recreation permit is required along with a Steelhead permit. This is a favorite area of local anglers as the fishing is usually consistent and access easy.
Access is via Highway 75, Northeast from Stanley. The road follows the river the entire stretch, making access easy.

Suggested Flies: Dr. Seuss, Boss, Egg-Sucking Leeches and Crystal Egg Patterns.



The second fishery on the Upper Salmon is a summer fishery for rainbow and native cutthroat trout that focuses on the main river and its tributaries using large attractor dry flies. Fishing access is by drift boat or by walk-and-wade. The main river is stocked with hatchery rainbow trout in the upper forested sections near Stanley, while the high desert canyon section of the river between Clayton and Challis holds increasing numbers of westslope cutthroat. Most fish are in the 10 to 14 inch range, but larger cutthroat to 20 inches are caught each summer. Regulations require that all cutthroat trout be released.

Access is via Highway 75, Northeast from Stanley. The road follows the river the entire stretch, making access easy.

Suggested Flies: Chernobyl Ants, Stimulators, Double Humpies and Trantulas.

For current stream flow information, CLICK HERE.