Steelhead fishing in the Salmon River near Salmon is improving, but is still erratic. There are good days, and some not so good. It seems as if there are groups of steelhead moving through the area, and if you are on the group, fishing is hot, but if you’re between, not so hot. Usually fishing this time of year is more consistent. The river level is still low for this time of year, and warmer than usual. Yesterday at the end of the day it was 51 degrees. Cooler river temperature would likely help the fishing in the short run, as fish would not be moving as much, but on the other hand, the warmer water should bring more fish up the river from downstream–and encourage fish to move on upstream from the Salmon area. The Challis area may end up with a better winter season than usual. It’s a strange year.
Cottonwood trees along the river are yellow, beautiful days to be on the river. Lots of people on the river, especially weekends.