|YSF Stinger - Foam Terresterial|
This mighty river flows out of the Teton Mountains south through Jackson Hole, WY and then swings around the south of Idaho then north again forming part of the western Idaho state line. It leaves Idaho at Lewiston and Clarkston, WA (ie.Lewis & Clark) just after the Clearwater River dumps into it. Along the way, many great cold water rivers join in the fun like the Henrys Fork, Payette, Big Wood and the Salmon. Once it leaves Idaho and enters Washington it flows due west and dumps into the Columbia on its way to the Pacific. The map below, compliments of Wikipedia shows the river's full course.
I began my float below Jackson Hole about 10 miles and floated another 15 or so. There are many great guide services there which are reasonably priced for the west, however I must warn you accomodations, food and entertainment are not. Jackson Hole is at about 6,200 feet elevation and my guide says that he only sees 30 frost free days per year at his home south of town. Cannot verify this, but it is quite chilly there even on summer mornings, so dress appropriately. Layer your clothing for the daytime highs will approach 80. Jackson Hole really is a cool town though. Elk horn shed arches form the corners of town square. These were harvested from the thousands that winter north of town in order to get out of the hugh snows of Yellowstone.
|Big Horn, MT brown trout|
|Bull River, MT cutthroat|
Have a great summer and come soon to fly fish Idaho.
The Idaho Angler (IdahoAngler@live.com)
Moyie River, ID
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