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Jack C. Mauer has more than a thirty year investment in fishing, floating and wading the waters of western Montana. He is intimately acquainted with the surrounding fisheries and their corresponding ecologies. It is his passion and enthusiasm for the art of fly fishing, a respect and knowledge of trout habitat, and the ability to expertly instruct the technical aspects of fly fishing that clients appreciate as they return to western Montana and Wapiti Waters. Contact Jack at 800-254-5311.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fly fishing for steelhead less than two hours from the Bitterroot

Dennis with his steelhead on the Salmon River
Jack, Scott and Dennis got an early start, drove about an hour and half and fished the Salmon River in Idaho for steelhead. See photos from their trip below.

You can bet they will be doing more steelhead fishing soon.

To read more about steelhead fishing on the Salmon River (license information included) see Fly fishing for steelhead on the Salmon River in Idaho by Merle Ann Loman.

Follow-up note: I just found out you can buy your license at Bob Wards in Hamilton. Nice!


  1. That is some pretty amazing stuff. Those fish have to travel one heck of a distance, coming from the ocean. Would love to fish the Salmon one day and even know a guy who lives out there, friend of the family and former scout mater for our Boy Scout trout way back when. Got any more photos? Such a bright sunny day, that steelhead really reflected the light. Try a variety of angles to avoid saturation. Great looking fish, what were you catching them on? Egg sucking leach patter, yarn flies? A fly fisherman on the Brule caught two steelies doing the split and spawn sack chucking across and down getting a nice drift, pick up and repeat. Seems like a great way to go. Or are you and your clients 'flies only' fishermen? Just curious.

  2. Mark, thanks for the comment! Yes, it was a bright day. Jack took the photo and I suggested that he ask them to tilt the fish down a bit for a better photo. Yes, I saturated it trying to get some of the color back. They used a green skunk steehead fly. This group was three guides. We don't guide in Idaho. Our fishing clients in Montana are dry or wet fly almost always, even for bass and pike. We will be going back for steelhead again soon.
    Click the link in the blog for an article with more photos of Steelhead from Idaho and one HUGE one from Canada (caught by friends).
    Send us some of your photos! I would love to blog them and your words. Thanks for visiting our blog. We really appreciate it!


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