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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2008, 03:45 PM
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Salmon River Idaho

Any suggestions on a DIY trip to Salmon Idaho in March? Wadeable water and two handed rods....

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2008, 05:17 PM
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I assume you are talking about the Salmon River in the Salmon, ID area as opposed to Whitebird. If you catch it on a warm day you can swing flies in the North Fork area, there is great access and lots of water and good camping. Lower down by Challis it really is kind of combat fishing as the hatchery is right there, you can imagine the circus. Lots of fly guys bouncing eggs on the redds etc. If you do some weather forecasting and time it right, the North Fork area can be great fun this time of year.
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Sorry, that's higher up by Challis. North Fork is probably 80 miles downriver of Challis
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Near North Fork the river is still completely frozen over for @ 12 miles, but it is starting to open from Salmon city on down. Fish & Game Dept. has not plowed any boat ramps yet. Folks are fishing near Salmon and above. The canyon below North Fork is open but has some ice bridges near Shoup. People are fishing here also. The water is clear above the ice, somewhat turbid below. Late Feb. through March should be good. It was a clear night and this morning's temp is 12* forecasted afternoon temp is 42*
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