Fly Fishing the Salmon River, Stanley Idaho

Dave and I arrived in Stanley on Sunday. On Monday we were already on the water. With the lower snow pack this year the river is already in shape to float. So of course we took advantage of that!

Expertly getting the boat in the water.

Expertly getting the boat in the water.

Given I would be doing most of the rowing I just assumed that Dave would get the first cuttie of the 2013 Summer. Much to my surprise it was me. All it took was rowing to the other side of the river from the boat ramp and grabbing the best water. As you can see in the next few photos this was a great west slope cutthroat.

Check out the bend in that bamboo rod

Check out the bend in that bamboo rod

Check out the colors on my cuttie!

Check out the colors on my cuttie!

Dave did get his share of cutties for the day!

One of Dave's many cutties for the day.

One of Dave’s many cutties for the day.

You may be wondering what fly was working? Well does the next picture answer that question?

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We saw plenty of salmon flies and golden stones flying around. In the morning we did the best on catching fish with sub-surface flies. It wasn’t till after lunch that the fish were looking up for the large dry fly imitations of the Salmon Fly and Golden Stone. When they started to look up – there were plenty of looks and a good number of the slow west slope cutthroat take.