The Salmon River is one of the most beautiful sights in all of the Sawtooths. This cool and fast-flowing river winds its way through cliffs and towering mountains. There’s nothing like embarking on a journey through the world-class rapids. Of course, you can also try your luck at fishing on the Salmon River in Idaho. Several local tour companies offer lessons and provide trips for those who want to reel in one of the monster trout that call Central Idaho home.
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What Can I Catch While Fishing on the Salmon River in Idaho?
You’ll discover a wide variety of trout and salmon while fishing in the Salmon River in Idaho. Steelhead is the most common fish found in the cool, fast-flowing waters, but bull and cutthroat trout are also popular catches here. Chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon are popular inhabitants of the aptly named river, but local and statewide conservation efforts frown upon fishing for this beautiful creature.
You do need to purchase a fishing permit from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game before testing your skills as an angler. If your child is 14 years old or younger, they can fish without a license. You can get your permit online or at the Stanley Fly Shop in town, so you don’t have to jump through hoops to cast your line in the Salmon River!
3 of the Top Guides for Salmon River Fishing in Idaho
Sawtooth Adventure Company’s Salmon River Anglers
Salmon River Anglers offers some of the best fishing along the Salmon River in Idaho. Start your adventure with their fly fishing school, where you receive a half-day of instruction on proper techniques needed to reel in a great catch. Then, you can take your skills to the river with one of their half-day or full-day float fishing excursions on the Lower Canyon section of the Salmon River. They also offer Middle Fork Fly Fishing trips that include food, drinks, white water rapids, and more!
Silver Creek Outfitters
Six incredible excursions await you when you book a fly fishing tour with Silver Creek Outfitters. This Salmon River fishing guide company is about an hour south of Stanley in the quaint and charming town of Ketchum. They offer everything from half-day tours to full-day excursions, and they even have a special fishing experience for kids.
White Cloud Rafting Adventures
In addition to the kayaking and a variety of river trips, White Cloud Rafting Adventures provides some of the best fishing on the Salmon River in Idaho. Like Salmon River Anglers, they offer a fly fishing school and two different excursions. The specially designed rafts feature a unique design that allows for multiple people to cast their lines at the same time.
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