Steelhead Fishing in Idaho’s Beautiful Wilderness
Brent Sawyer is a class act. He knows his river, he knows steelhead fishing, and more importantly, knows how to swing it with the two handers. There’s some beautiful swing water up there on the Salmon River in Idaho! Sam and I hammered it for three days, essentially at first light to 6:00 or 6:30 pm. Brent had an excellent camp setup and the man can cook! Nothing we didn’t need……except for steelhead. Even spent a little time skating a dry fly!
Didn’t realize there’s so many “plug pullers” out there, sitting in their big inboard jet boats. Didn’t see anyone else on the river with a fly rod.
I’d do it again in a heartbeat. The water was fantastic, scenery even better and Brent was over the top. Idaho is a cool place brother. Boise is a nice town. Really liked McCall and took a chance and stopped by Ruby’s for breakfast. Great staff, food and vibe.
Brent did put us on a little area to explore on our way back to Boise….Payette River south of McCall where we spent the better part of day swinging the river with 3 wt trout spey rods. We killed it and I picked up the biggest bow on my 3wt ever…..swinging a little black leech. Next up…steelhead fishing on the Skeena River in British Columbia, Canada.
Things I’d do different next time:
Bring a head lamp; trout spey on the way up and back to Boise; pick my three days on the Salmon Tues-Thurs or Mon-Wed to avoid the weekend plug pullers; bring an extra set of under wader wear (I did fall in on day 1; bring my aluminum bar bottom Patagonia boots or maybe even felt sole boots with studs. The wade fishing in certain runs on the Salmon is really difficult with different size rounded rocks (some pretty slippery).
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