We have here in Idaho one of the premier Steelhead runs in North America. Steelhead are giant Rainbow Trout that has the ability to travel to the Pacific Ocean as fry, grow to an adult and return to spawn and continue the next generation. Have to admire them, they travel down 3 rivers to the Pacific, over 500 miles. They have to make their way thru dams, gill nets, birds, fishermen, sea lions and lord knows what else. They are a great trophy fish! The fish that come back to this river average 12 lbs. and some trip the scale over 20lbs! As you can from some of our photos, we do rather well at catching these great fish. We have a few different techniques that we have developed over the last 20 years we have been in business. A majority of our Steelhead catching is from September thru March.
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Early season ( September and early Oct) is our catch and release portion. A really great time to be on the river here.Warm days and sunny skies and fish that love to jump and pull hard with the warm water. One of the best times to land these great fish on a floating fly line and a skating fly. You don't catch a bunch but when you do land one on a fly, it will be the biggest Rainbow you have ever had in your hands! As fall progresses in winter we go from floating fly lines to sink tips. November, December and January are some of our more favorite times to be here. And yes they will chase a fly! Some days you might get lucky and hook-up with a few fish as opposed to 1 maybe 2 in early season.
We have quite a great time in the early catch and release part of the season! Lots of 6 to 12 fish a day! Also we have been having a Coho Salmon fishery going on. Kinda nice to have the oppurtunity to catch both Steelhead and Salmon on the same day! All of our river catching is from Drift boats. We prefer to fish 2 anglers at a time. Occasionally we get a request to a third angler and We have the ability to fish 3 anglers in a boat. Only 1 of our boats is large enough to handle those trips. Keep season our river starts October 15. Fishes very consistent all winter The weather is pretty dang nice here.
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