|Water Temp: 49ºF Flow: 335 cfs|
|Fly Fishing for steelhead is one of the joys of life. Swinging streamers and woolly buggers in this flow is one our favorite things. The fish are aggressive, heading up river and willing to run and run and run. Targeting steelhead on the move, not the ones feeding behind the spawning Kings upriver, will get you away from the crowds.
We hit numerous chrome in the lower part of the Salmon River, below Pulaski. While egg patterns will draw fish, we used big, size 4 and 6 streamers and woolly buggers in black, olive, purple, and brown. Using just a small #7 split shot and swinging the buggers brought massive hits and long runs. These fish are hot.
Now is the perfect time to fish low for bright fish on the move.
If you are targeting chinooks, the middle to upper river, from Pineville and Altmar, will offer you the best chance. The salmon are starting to spawn and will be active for the next few weeks. You can also pick up steelhead behind the spawning salmon by drifting egg patterns and nymphs.
Joe and Sinbad