Steelhead, an anadromous fish, is an ocean-going form of rainbow trout and cousin to the Salmon. These migratory fish hatch in freshwater, head to the ocean as juveniles and in 1-3 years grow to adulthood, then, return to the place of their birth to spawn; quite an astounding feat for this resolute trout and just as amazing to catch with a fly rod on Idaho’s wild and unspoiled Salmon River.
Dubbed, “The River of No Return,” the Salmon River, over 400 miles long, is the longest free-flowing river within one state in the lower 48 and virtually a recreation mecca for every fly fisher. Rich in the history of the West, this area was a winter home to the Nez Perce, the haunt of early Chinese placer miners, and abode to nineteenth century homesteaders and outlaws. Today, it is home to a variety of migratory birds, waterfowl and animals. You never know what you may spot along it's shores around the bend.
From the ranch, you will drive to North Fork, Idaho, a scenic one hour and fifteen minute trip to meet experienced guides of Rawhide Outfitters. Adorned in all its fall grandeur, fishing for the mighty steelhead on the Salmon River promises to be an exhilarating experience for any fly fisher with a 6 -18 lb. fish caught on the end of a fly rod. Craig Barrett, owner and avid fly fisherman, will lead this four-day outdoor sporting event. Activities include, two days of guided fly fishing and a day trip to Hamilton Trap Club, where trap shooting and five-stand are sure to test your 'deadeye'.