Fishing on the Salmon River has been picking up daily with catch rates varying day to day. The current flow rates are 707cfs around Clayton and 1,290cfs in Salmon. The water clarity has been staying the same with a greenish tint at about 1 1/2ft. to2 ft, and water temperatures in the low to mid forties depending how far up river you are fishing. I suspect the water clarity to stay about the same due to below freezing temperatures in the higher elevations and high 50’s to low 60’s during the day for the rest of the week. The Pahsimeroi Fish Hatchery had around 200 fish last Friday, and the Stanley Hatchery had received only a handful so far. The fish are just really getting into the Challis area now so it’s definitely time to plan your trip. There should be more fish showing up every day with the river flows increasing. Larger, darker flies are working best providing a better profile for the fish. Copper, Gold and Blue spoons are also working for the fisherman using casting gear.
Trout fishing has been good using large Stoneflies and Olive or Brown Streamers.
Salmon River between EastForkand Deadman’s