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Road trip to: Middle fork of the Salmon River, Idaho. June 28.

This trip can be a difficult one for a fly fisherman from Wisconsin, it’s really hard to dive past great waters such as the Gallatin, Yellowstone and the Big Hole rivers.  Our first road off the interstate highway was Hwy 43, which runs along the Big Hole River.  It is a fine looking river with good access and wide open area and few fishermen.
Big Hole Rive

One of our first stops was at the confluence of the Yankee Fork and the Main Salmon. You can see some rafters getting ready to float the river.
confluence of the Yankee Fork and the Main Salmon

 

After 2 days and 26 hours of driving we arrived at Stanley, Idaho. Gail was a bit surprised by how much snow was in the mountains yet.  She really started to question how cold this river trip was going to be.  Stanley’s elevation is about 6300’ and the Sawtooth Mountains in the in background are about 10,000’.
Sawtooth Mountains

Dinner over looking the Salmon River. Wow, what a great view and great food!  I would recommend the Bridge St. Bar and Grill in Lower Stanley to anyone!
 Bridge St. Bar and Grill in Lower Stanley

Panorama view of the Sawtooth Mts. from our Motel.
Panorama view of the Sawtooth Mts.

As I was taking the above picture, I spotted this guy flying around.
Mayfly

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July 04, day 3 hot springs and cool rocks

June 29, 3 days to launch

July 05, day 4  hieroglyphs, rain and good fishing

June 30, 2 days to launch

July 06, day 5 little more rain

July 01, rigging day

July 07, day 6 black bear and water falls

July 02, launch day

July 08, day 7 last day big horn sheep

July 03, 2nd day on the water

Links and info for the Middle Fork

 

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