Trout and Steelhead – Famed Fly Fishing Paradise
Float by drift boat and/or raft.
Economy experience and price: No baggage raft or extra guide.
Deluxe experience and price: Extra guide to run baggage raft and facilitate more fishing time for guests with the fishing guides between camps.
Spring and Fall is best for trout and steelhead fishing. Rainbows from 2-4 pounds, and steelhead from 6-12 pounds, can be expected. This river is also one of the quintessential fly fishing mecca’s for steelheading in the fall. Late October/November is prime time for serious fly fishermen seeking ironsides with their surface flies. This is when water levels are low enough to often facilitate spot and stalk fishing.
Spring steelhead are a little more lethargic than fall fish, not giving aerial battle as much, but hardly enough to notice. Fly fishing is still good, as well as drift.
If you would rather see more wildlife while you fish, come in the spring. Winter snows force critters to lower elevations, and sometimes are even at the rivers edge sharing the water with you. On some trips, we see bald eagles, deer, elk, and bighorn sheep, all in one day. Mile per mile, fish for fish, critter for critter, even Montana and Alaska cannot claim such an extravaganza.