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Idaho vaccation, help on where to go

So i have a few days off next week and besides the possibility of mass flooding haha, i was wondering where to go. I cant decide if i should go to the riggins area, the south fork of the clearwater or the upper salmon around the town of salmon. I havent fished the upper salmon and was looking for some suggestions on this or the other listed waters thanks. Also what time of spring is the grand rhonde in its prime.
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decided but could still use some help?

So i have decided to go try out the upper salmon river around the salmon challis area. I haven't fished this area before and was wondering if there was any recomendations on some places to try and patterns to use. I am not asking for your super secret hole just some general areas thanks. I am also still wondering about the grand rhonde.
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I am pretty sure the river is still fishing good. Fish are on the reds and all you would need are some egg patterns. There might be a few fish still moving so you could swing some flies but then it changes day to day depending on water conditions.

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The fish are pretty dark

Marty gave you good advice. We've had a warm spell so the fish are moving up to their spawning areas. All of the Snake River system fish, including the Ronde, are summer runs and have been in the fresh water for 7-9 months and are pretty black and snaky. Nothing like what you catch in the fall.

There is a school of thought that goes something like this: We need every wild fish to spawn. After swimming 900 miles, not eating for 9 months and over wintering, these fish are in pretty tough shape. It may be that the energy expended in fighting an angler may deplete them to the point where they cannot spawn successfully.

Many of the fish will be paired up and in pre-spawn or spawning mode. Do whatever you feel is right. The river will have fish in most areas between Stanley and Salmon.

They minded their own business, did their jobs, and hunted close.
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Marty gave you good advice. We've had a warm spell so the fish are moving up to their spawning areas. All of the Snake River system fish, including the Ronde, are summer runs and have been in the fresh water for 7-9 months and are pretty black and snaky. Nothing like what you catch in the fall.

There is a school of thought that goes something like this: We need every wild fish to spawn. After swimming 900 miles, not eating for 9 months and over wintering, these fish are in pretty tough shape. It may be that the energy expended in fighting an angler may deplete them to the point where they cannot spawn successfully.

Many of the fish will be paired up and in pre-spawn or spawning mode. Do whatever you feel is right. The river will have fish in most areas between Stanley and Salmon.
Yes, also much more gratifying to let these guys and gals do thier thing than catching one this time of year,,,,save it till the fall!! Find a local trib/tailwater and chase the non anadromous critters,, find one thats open .
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Thanks and just a quick response

I to love and respect our awesome Idaho steelhead. I appreciate all the thoughts and will likely refrain from going. That being said in the last seven months i have had only a few days off. Trying to juggle work, kids and moving into a new house makes fishing hard. I dont say this for simpathy i just appreciate a rare day off. I dont know how to swing flies i dont even flyfish well let alone spey cast. I am looking forward to one day only swinging flies to fall fish it just takes time and education. Any of it avalible for less then a small fortune is always appreciated thanks.
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RM: Where are you based out of?

If you will give me an approximate home location, I might have some ideas for you. Not steelhead, unless you are willing to travel to the west side of the Cascades, but trout. Still a little early for SM & Capr in Idaho.

PM me if you want. Don't want to rain on your parade..er..day off. We get so few of them.

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Rivermist: PM sent.,

If you've got a week, think about coastal Oregon or the NU for chromers. I sent you a PM with some trout spots and one spot for boots.

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Upper Salmon

With all due respect deserved the wild fish in the Salmon River. The vast majority of the fish you will catch in the Upper Salmon above Challis will be hatchery origin fish put there for your fishing pleasure. If you do happen to hook a wild fish, count your blessings, treat it with the respect it deserves and release it. If you catch an adipose fin-clipped hatchery fish no harm in taking it for the smoker. There are some great runs from Slate Creek look on a may and find Clayton, then drive upstream. You'll see the obvious holes downstream of the Old Sunbeam Dam. The river starts to get really small upstream of Stanley. I've seen guys spey cast up there but seems like overkill to me. Fishing the Salmon in the spring can be really magical.
Just do it.

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