Salmon River

Salmon River Snowpack

Salmon River snowpack today (December 31, 2015) is about 130% of average for this date.  The fall was dry, but snowfall in the last half of December boosted the Salmon River snowpack to, at one point, 150% of average.  Snowpack per cent will spike up during a stormy period, then commonly drop about a per […]

Winter Steelhead

Winter Steelhead Fishing Conditions Begin

Winter has arrived according to the calendar, and we have winter steelhead fishing conditions in the Salmon area.  There have been several periods of slush ice flowing, with intervals of clear water.  The ice jam has backed up to between the Tower Creek and Red Bluff boat ramps, then cut back down a ways.  There […]

Ice interrupts steelhead fishing

Temperatures in the single digits have brought ice to the Salmon River in the Salmon area.  Slush ice has been flowing for a couple of days, and  steelhead fishing is suspended for the time being.  With moderating temperatures the ice will ease off, and we will be able to put boats on and fish for […]

Steelhead fishing near Salmon, Idaho

Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River near Salmon, Idaho, continues to have good river conditions, but mixed success.  The river has been unseasonably warm all fall, up in the upper 40s and lower 50s until lately.  Yesterday it was 44-45 degrees at the end of a cloudy day–a very good temperature for steelhead fishing, but […]

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Steelhead arriving in Salmon area

Steelhead are beginning to arrive in the Salmon area.  Fishing success will pick up very quickly as more fish reach this section of river.  River temperature has dropped to the low 50s.  The river is fairly clear, and pretty low for this time of year.  There has still not been a hard frost, but cottonwoods […]

Salmon River rafting dates for 2016

Whitewater rafting trip dates for 2016 on the Middle Fork of the Salmon will change.  The June dates of 2, 11, and 20 will remain the same, but trips in July will start on 2, 11, 20, and 29.  In August, trips will start on 7 and 16.  In September, dates will be 8 and […]

Smallmouth bass fishing on Salmon River

This week we finished a trip on the Lower Salmon River, a combination of whitewater rafting and smallmouth bass fishing.  Bass fishing was good, with fish in the 16-17 inch range being caught.  Size of bass on the Lower Salmon has increased in recent years.  In the past, there was a 12-inch minimum to keep […]

Rains have come to the Salmon River

The sky in Salmon River is gray with rain instead of smoke.  The fire season  is over.  The peaks above Salmon are white with snow.  The Salmon River has come up a bit with recent rains.  Late August was a scramble of low, slow, water, smoke, worry about fire closures.  We were lucky enough to […]

Salmon fishing season opens

Salmon fishing season opens today in the Salmon Idaho area.  The river is much lower that average for this time of year, but the Salmon River is carrying a fair amount of sediment, apparently from the East Fork of the Salmon.  The number of salmon projected by the Fish and Game department is good, and […]

Salmon River peak flow

The Salmon River flow has apparently peaked for the season.  The Middle Fork of the Salmon is running about 3.4 feet now, and has been dropping for several days.  The Main Salmon at Corn Creek was at 4.1 a couple of days ago, but has been dropping.  This is a little early for the Salmon […]

Salmon River Management Trip

Stephanie and I spent last week rafting the Main Salmon River with  a group of outfitters and personnel from the Forest Service and other agencies.  The trip was an opportunity to discuss a number of management issues, including dealing with rafting trips during wildfire, and campsite reservations. A couple of Forest Service archaeologists provided cultural […]

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Dutch Oven Baking: Part 2

Picking up where we left off a couple days ago on our Dutch oven discussion, we’ll now cover the actual act of baking. Again, this is an excerpt from Bill Bernt’s article in Northwest Living, entitled, “Those Amazing Dutch Ovens.” Baking with a Dutch oven is just a matter of learning temperature control. The best […]

Dutch oven/open-fire cooking

Those Amazing Dutch Ovens

I was trying out a new recipe for our river trips earlier this morning, which made me think about a little article my dad, Bill Bernt, owner of Aggipah River Trips, wrote in the 80s about Dutch ovens. He had several articles published in a magazine called Northwest Living. He wrote all sorts of interesting pieces about […]

Early spring on Salmon River

Spring is early in the Salmon River country.  Plant stages seem to be at least two weeks ahead of average.  Our home elevation is 4500 feet.  The red plums have just blossomed.  Arrowleaf balsamroot is beginning to bloom, along with lupine, yellowbells, prickly pear, and many of the sagebrush flowers.  Snowpack is about 70% of […]

Steelhead fishing winding down

Steelhead fishing in the Salmon area is winding down.  I have put away my rods until fall.  The river is off-color, several inches higher than average per date.   Spring has come early this year.  A clump of cottonwoods than I have watched for many years usually will show first leaves very close to the […]

Lewis & Clark/Salmon River History

Historian Mike Crosby will join our July 14-19, 2016 trip on the River of No Return (Main Salmon) for an in-depth study of the Lewis and Clark expedition and Salmon River history. Anyone interested in the history of central Idaho will appreciate this unique opportunity to visit around the campfire with Mike. This is an eye-opening trip […]

Steelhead fishing improves

Today was the first day of good steelhead fishing in the Salmon area in two or three weeks.  This winter we had the best steelhead fishing that I am aware of, with such a mild winter, but we began to get dirty water early in March, and fishing fell apart.  The river has been gradually […]

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