Summer Soltice Fly Fishing on the Salmon River

Happy Summer Solstice! Today was the first day of summer and my first day of fly-fishing the Salmon River in Idaho. It is great to be back in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Our waters are high, but they are running clear. I saw a small amount of insect activity salmon flies, yellow sallies and green drakes. However, all the fish I hooked into were sub-surface. I had one fish look at a Norm Woods Special.
I am quite happy with my results today. I landed a good number of west slope cut throat (cutties), whitefish and only two rainbow. Below are a few photo’s. I had a triple today – cuttie, white fish, and a rainbow. No bulltrout but I did have a few bull trout attack the white fish I had hooked into. Yes – you can bet tomorrow I am going to swing streamers through these waters and go for a bull trout. Maybe tomorrow will be a grand slam – cuttie, white fish, rainbow, and a bull trout. One can always hope.

My first cuttie of the 2012 Fly Fishing Season on the Salmon