10-21-2002, 08:47 AM
Since I am now self-exiled to Northern Utah my steelheading seems destined to be limited to the Idaho runs. I fished around Stanley in the spring about 12 years ago but that is the extent of my Idaho steelie experience. I'd like to shoot north for a few days and see if I'm any better a dozen years later (well. I know the answer about being "better" in several of life's venues, but those reviews are pretty much sub-par)...lets say more effective at steelheading in Id.
Where to go this time of year, what turns them on in your experiences. I'm having anadromous fish withdrawls right now and could use some help on obtaining a cure. Thanks! C&D
10-21-2002, 09:58 AM
When we went to Silver Creek last August, the creek was not fishing well so we went over to Macky to fish the Big Lost. A guy at the shop there said the steelhead runs in the Salmon were the best in years - guess that includes the Clearwater? He indicated October lower in ther river system and up to March higher up
10-21-2002, 10:10 AM
How'd the Big Lost fish? Used to fish it in the mid eighties early nineties...
10-21-2002, 12:13 PM
I have been fortunate to fish the Lost every spring and fall. My best friends I have been fishing with for over 20 years live in Ketchum and own cabins on the Lost above Mackey below the dam in the prime section. They are amongst the private properties you were referring. I have fished the whole length of the river both above and below the reservoir and that's about all I'm going to write.
Many steelhead in the Snake and whatever wanderers there are in the Clearwater, Grande Ronde, Columbia, Deschutes end up in the Salmon up at Stanley in the spring in very large numbers. Forget your spey rod. It's not a swinging fly affair. One walks the bank at low, clear water until you locate a fish laying next to the bank, then you drift a small weighted nymph into it's jaws. The tough part is timing it so it's mouth is open when your nymph arrives. Guys catch fish in the numbering in the teens that weigh in the teens.
When the fish get to Stanley, they look more like rainbow trout and less like what their name, "steelhead" implies.
10-21-2002, 12:15 PM
Oh, one more thing on the Stanley steelhead. Last year, I believe the kill limit was raised to seven fish per day. Greg at the Bent Rod or anybody at Silver Creek Outfitters would know better than me.