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Old 09-08-2006, 09:27 AM   #1
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Idaho Fly Fishing - September

Hi all,
We're currently in Hood River Oregon, planing to head for Idaho today. Would like to spend a couple of days fishing if we could fiind a good spot.

Any suggestions?
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:46 AM   #2
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Guy -

I've made a number of trips to Kelly Creek, ID in Sept and Oct to fish for west slope cutthroat trout. It's a long push on a gravel road (50+ miles) on FS 250 out of Pierce, ID. Scenery is terrific and the trout are hungry and stupid. If they are in the air, October Caddis - "Big O's" - patterns in sizes 6 and 8 are productive. Camping is 100% boondocking - there are no nearby amenities, and no nearby towns. If you want to continue going east, you can leave Kelly Creek and continue over Hoodoo Pass into Superior, MT.

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Old 09-08-2006, 09:56 AM   #3
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Mark,
Thanks that sounds very interesting. Boondocking sounds godd. Is it a good gravel road or a not so good gravel road? We're in a 31 foot motorhome towing a Scion xB. The motorhome has good ground clearance but can drag its tail in steep dips. The Scion has a pretty stiff suspension but not much clearance
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Guy -

The road is "good" with some washboard areas, but you can maintain a decent speed. Potholes and abrupt changes in slope were not a significant problem in yearspast (but I haven't been there in several years). There is a Ranger Station that you might be able to phone ("Kelly Forks" I believe) for info. The main drawback to the road is that it is VERY dusty and your Scion will wear a thick blanket, as will the MoHo. I towed my '72 Overlander in there with no problem, but spent a day cleaning dust off everything - it was not well sealed up from dust intrusion.

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Old 09-08-2006, 10:54 AM   #5
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Bummer, my wife has asthma and 50 miles of dust is not a great idea. A few years back we (foolishly) went to a FMCA rally where they had us parked in a vey dusty wheat field. She ended up with Pneumonia.

Sounds like you know the area. Any other suggestions?
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Old 09-08-2006, 11:14 AM   #6
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Sorry, but the only other places I've fished for trout in ID (the Selway and St. Joe rivers) both involve a good stretch of gravel road for access. The Clearwater out of Orofino is all paved access, but it's big water - two handed rods for steelhead - and I think little if anything is going on there this early - a month from now would be prime time. There are fly shops in Lewiston and in Orofino that might be able to give you some help.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:49 PM   #7
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OK, surely someone besides Mark has fished in Idaho. I'm not looking for secret spots, just somewhere a tourist would have a good time.
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Okay, I'll jump in. We are not dedicated fly fishermen, but we do enjoy beautiful streams, a trusty fly rod and reel, and the hopes of landing a real one. We have stayed in the Stanley, Idaho, area and enjoyed it so much we want to return. We stayed in a beautiful forest service park on Stanley Lake, snow covered peaks of the Sawtooth Range towering over the lake sites. Try for # 4! Now, that was our secret! We fished the Salmon and small tributary streams, always caught fish. The community is small but friendly. Surrounding beautiful country, ghostmining towns, hot springs, very relaxed and quiet compared to the crowds about 40 mi South! Check for fire reports. Enjoy ~G
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Head up the Clearwater River, there are several spots good for Fly fishing it is big water though. Another spot is up through Idaho Falls into West Yellostone, there are plenty of places up that way, just pull over. Mack's Inn has nice fishing within 10 miles.
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Gary,
We would defintely plan to be at Beverly Beach but we're on our way to New Brunswick, don't expect to be back until late October. Hopefully we'll be around next year (if the event is held).

Thanks for the fishing pointer.
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Okay, I'll jump in. We are not dedicated fly fishermen, but we do enjoy beautiful streams, a trusty fly rod and reel, and the hopes of landing a real one. We have stayed in the Stanley, Idaho, area and enjoyed it so much we want to return. We stayed in a beautiful forest service park on Stanley Lake, snow covered peaks of the Sawtooth Range towering over the lake sites. Try for # 4! Now, that was our secret! We fished the Salmon and small tributary streams, always caught fish. The community is small but friendly. Surrounding beautiful country, ghostmining towns, hot springs, very relaxed and quiet compared to the crowds about 40 mi South! Check for fire reports. Enjoy ~G
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check on the fire situation.
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I recently saw a post from a guy with a screen name of "Troutstream" discussing free parking at WalMart. His thread discussed use of WalMart Vancouver, BC parking... he might be a good area resource... Might want to private message him. I love fly fishing, but live in MN and have not had the pleasure of Idaho fishing. Closest I've been is Yellowstone. The suggestion of hitting the fly shops makes a lot of sense. I always stop in, to see what seems to be working if nothing else. Just a thought... Have fun!
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World famous Silver Creek

We just arrived home from Canada so hope I am not to late to let you know
you can't find better fishing than the Big Wood out of Ketchum, Sun Valley
and Silver Creek. My son is a fishing guide at Sturdevents in Ketchum and can
tell you where the "hogs" are. We have many nice camp grounds just a couple
miles from town or lots of gorgeous sites to boondock. Our ski Mt. has a little
snow on top this AM but its suppose to clear our of here by later in the week.
You will love, love this area its so beautiful. Happy Trails and if I can help with information give a call 208-726-4701 John & Betty
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Your trip is probably already over but there aren't many rivers, streams or lakes that you won't catch fish in Idaho. The Salmon river is one of the best places to fish in the country. Send us a report, or better yet, some fish!
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