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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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salmon river, id ??

1st of nov. riggins vs. salmon/challis area? swinging/skating. any info would help. also fly suggestions. thanks !

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-17-2012, 10:16 AM
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Hey MM, I was waiting for any others to respond but it looks like your post got lost in the weeds. Based on this http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=126 it looks like there are fish all the way up to the Lemhi, but this list is probably mostly a function of where the F&G agents are as opposed to the fish (proof in the fact that they didn't report anything from the Clearwater in this report - but there are definitely fish there).

I had really good luck at the beginning of Oct between Whitebird and Riggins, as well as between Short's Bar and Island Bar (just above Riggins). I think you could go anywhere including over by Salmon and find fish, but my hunch would be more in the lower waters (below Vinegar Creek). Of course, for us fly fishing finding the nice soft water runs is the key, don't forget about the outside bend soft water (you may have to descend down steep banks off the highway - use extreme caution - and watch out for chukars, they're everywhere and almost stepping on them will surely make you jump - which you don't want to do standing 20ft above the river on a steep bank on vw-sized boulders.). A boat can gain a lot of other access obviously. Oh, and there is still road closure issues above Riggins, I think at the 6+ mile mark - access is controlled but if you have a reasonable flagger working the road he'll/she'll put you behind a "follow-me" car.

I used pretty simple flys (e.g. bucktail coachman) and hit both wild ("unclipped adipose fin") and hatchery fish, all top column water/floating stuff. I would think in early Nov you could still go that route but also sink some stuff too. Good luck.
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Fishing has been down up here at Salmon but so are the number of anglers. If there are any fish up towards Challis nobody is fishing for them. Water temps here at 4,000 by November 1st will preclude my tying on a surface fly. I fished yesterday and was glad I had my long johns on. I never took a water temp but suspect it was around 45ļ.

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