Fishing Season: Various species and special restrictions. (See Regs)

Little Salmon River - ID

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

43

The Last Resort's Tip of the Week

Fishable daylight hours - 8:30AM-4:30PM MST COVID-19: Fishing is still allowed in Idaho, and we encourage you to fish! However, the service in the communities are essential only and limited. Please be respectful of social distancing and bring as much critical supplies with you as you can, so as to not strain the limited local supplies and to not expose residents. Steelhead: nymph wolly buggers and egg patterns; purple and black + green patterns have been productive, especially swinging the longer runs. Swinging red and white flies on sunnier days has also been productive. Chinook Salmon - closed but it was good! Trout - large rainbows are in the system with this cooler water. Watch out for Redd's. Please Do Not fish around or Tread on Redd's They are your only hope for the fish of tomorrow.

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Map of Little Salmon River

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Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 5/6/21

Brr! Temps have snapped and the water is very low and clear, so use your best tactics for apprehensive fish. Cold and clear conditions, so deep pools and the deeper channels in runs are where they'll be. Steelhead - stray into the little river and be found in the 4 miles closest to the confluence of the Salmon River. Water is very low and clear right now, so your best bet are the deepest pools. Trout - look for them around cooler tributaries and in deep holes. Chinook - was short but good. Watch out for Redd's. Please Do Not fish around or Tread on Redd's They are your only hope for the fish of tomorrow.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/6/21

See F&G Rules and Regulations for updated seasons and restrictions. Steelhead (January 1st - May 15th; August 1-31st Catch & Release; September 1st - December 31st): Swinging egg sucking leeches and green butt skunks in tail outs and smaller runs is working well. Nymphing wolly buggers and eggs in slow deep pools and buckets under a indicator can be effective. Trout: We're going deep with purple, copper, and gold nymphs, and terrestrials like native hoppers are always pretty productive. Chinook Salmon - Egg patterns, as well as anything shrimp like. Work the eddy seams below ripples, get low in the fast water, and work down the eddy. Behind rock/gravel bars in the lower river is money.

Current Conditions as of 5/6/21

Brr! Temps have snapped and the water is very low and clear, so use your best tactics for apprehensive fish. Cold and clear conditions, so deep pools and the deeper channels in runs are where they'll be. Steelhead - stray into the little river and be found in the 4 miles closest to the confluence of the Salmon River. Water is very low and clear right now, so your best bet are the deepest pools. Trout - look for them around cooler tributaries and in deep holes. Chinook - was short but good. Watch out for Redd's. Please Do Not fish around or Tread on Redd's They are your only hope for the fish of tomorrow.

Local Species Available Various species and special restrictions. (See Regs)

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    Steelhead

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    Chinook Salmon

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The Last Resort's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Meg A Egg Sucking Leech black 8
Chain-Reaction Leech purple 8
Steelhead Stone black 8
Meg A Egg pink 6
Green butt skunk black/grn 8
Tomczyk's Buttface skunk Black 8
Flashback Baetis Nymph olive 18
Bead Head Brassie™ black 20
Prom Dress purple
TLR's Bangers and Mash purple

Meg A Egg Sucking Leech

An effective imitation of a leech and egg, perfect for salmon and steelhead fly fishing.

The Last Resort's Recommended Gear

Description: About Little Salmon River

Unique watershed with the major fisheries from the waterfalls downstream to the confluence with the Main Salmon River. This shares a dual role as a anadromous as well as a residential fishery. Premier steelhead and Chinook Salmon cascading stream. Water quality also improves from waterfalls downstream to the confluence. Resident species are Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat, and Rainbows. Rapid River, a designated 'Scenic and Wild River' classification enters 3 miles above the mouth of the Little Salmon. There is a Chinook Salmon hatchery 2 miles above the mouth of Rapid River.

Nearest Airport:

Boise

Hatches:

Trout Midges BWO Steelhead eggs, rubber leggs, swung flies

Best Time to Fish:

Pre dawn, dusk

Best Stretch:

First few miles close to the confluence of the Salmon River

Best Access:

Good access throughout the stretch.