Originally Posted by John_in_Loveland
Does anyone have any experience fishing the main Salmon in the Summer. We launch on the 6th. I have been told that its really too deep for good flyfishing and that it warms quite a bit precluding much in the way of trout (also that there is some decent smallmouth fishing). Also I have been told that the side streams have some decent flyfishing.
Are these comments true? not? If the side streams are "the Ticket" then can anyone sugest good spots?
I floated the Main last summer and my experience matched pretty much what you just said. The Main is too warm and too deep for trout fishing in general. I did not fish any side streams, but I did really well at some eddys I found that had larger tribs running into them. Basically anywhere the water was noticeably colder. I had an amazing evening catching chunky native west slope cutthroats and bull trout in a eddy across from a camp.
Otherwise my son had fun catching pike minnow in the main channel and we saw bass on the last couple of days, but never really took the time to chase them.