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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vermillion River - Where Is it?

"Vermillion River" was written by the Idaho Angler contributor for the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. This small free stone river arises near the Vermilion pass and flows from the western portion of the Lolo National Forest and empties into the mighty Clark Fork River. Snow melt sometimes makes spring fishing difficult in this wade fishing only river, but after about the 1st of June it can be very productive.

Northern Idaho fly fishers will frequent this river due to the cold, clear shallow water. The dry fly action can be quite good when the hatches turn on as the weather warms. See "Western Fly Hatches" for suggested fly patterns when you try your luck here. Access is off of scenic highway 200 west of Trout Creek, MT. On the northeastern side of the 200 bridge as it crosses over the river you turn right onto Blue Slide Road and go approximately 4 miles until you see the sign shown here. Access is easy, but road significantly narrows as you head up toward the pass.

Mouth of the Vermilion River at the Clark Fork
Here you see where the mouth dumps into the Clark Fork. This area is technically called the Noxon Reservoir because there is a hydroelectric dam between here and the Idaho state line. The next two photos are examples of the type of wading stream you will encounter when you visit the Vermilion. Try it out this summer. You will not be disappointed.

Come fly fish Idaho and western Montana.

Lolo ranch entrance near river.
Good luck and happy fly fishing.

The Idaho Angler (

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