Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River has picked up this past week. The majority of anglers are fishing from North Fork down as usual, but the better catch rates were above the Lemhi River. Swinging flies seem to be the most effective technique right now but with the water temperatures dropping (low 40’s now) and cooler weather in the forecast, larger flies and sink tips will work best. You can also try nymphing with some larger stoneflies, Prince Nymphs, Tungsten Nemec Stone Nymph, or a Boss in some of the deeper slower holes to find a steelhead holding.
Fishing spoons will work a while longer, just work them slowly through the holes let them wobble slightly.
Hit the riffles and and drop offs just below for trout. Productive patterns are stonefly nymphs, Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns and Bead Head Hares Ears. If you can’t pick up a fish in one hole, move on to the next. Streamer fishing has slowed down, but it’s still possible on the right day.
Big Lost Tailwater
Flows are around 57 cfs, so fishing is going to be tough with spooky fish. Baetis patterns in sizes 20-22. Bead Head Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs 14-18, Copper Johns 18-20, Zebra Midges and Brassies in sizes 18-22. Long leaders and light tippet are required this time of year. drifted through the slow water might just entice one of those big Big Lost trout.