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Fishing for Salmon on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

By James Ellsworth

Have you ever wondered how a river like the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho could come to not have any Salmon on it? It cold be the 13 dams on the lower sections of river on the Columbia that have a lot to do with it. Well let me tell you a little story about a time in the summer of 2007 that there was a salmon on the Salmon River in Idaho. I was with a good friend Matt Lutz on the river and we were sitting around camp, watching the campfire, when I got up to go and get a beer from my boat. I saw something move near the bank from the corner of my eye. I looked over and saw what I thought was a carp because it was so spotted and colored. At further inspection I noticed it had a large hump on it's back and knew it was a Steelhead Salmon.

The Salmon saw me and backed up real quick and disappeared for about 10 seconds and resurfaced downstream and jumped out of the water 2 feet and smacked itself on the water. It then did this about 10 times and then dived deep and did not re-surface. It was amazing to see a Steely on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. I have floated the river more than 10 times and have never seen one that close or under those circumstances.

I have mainly fished for Cutthroat Trout and the Middle Fork Salmon is known for it's amazing fishing opportunities. If there are any anglers out there that want to go on a 6 day fishing trip, just give me a call at 800 801-5146 or visit our website.

Yours for rivers, James Ellsworth
Middle Fork River Expeditions

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