Fly Fishing Stanley, Idaho

A Weekly Fly Fishing Report

About Stanley

Welcome to Fly Fishing Stanley, Idaho!

I am Dave Dozer and I’m especially fortunate to be staying in Stanley, Idaho for the entire summer. My passion is building custom bamboo fly rods, which are a wonderful fit for the different fly fishing options in the Stanley area. But, a 9 ft. 4 or 5 wt. graphite rod works very well in our waters also.

I’ve pulled this blog together to provide a weekly fly fishing report of the current conditions of many of the waters surrounding Stanley. These include the main fork of the Salmon River, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and many of the different tributaries of these two rivers. I’m using daily reports from four local fly fishing guides based in Stanley (Mary Ann Dozer, Julie Meissner, Verlon Herndon, and Bob Sevy), as well as Jane McCoy, owner of McCoy’s Gift and Tackle Shop, and my own daily fly fishing activities to pull together info on current river conditions, hatch conditions and suggested fly patterns.

You can book a guided fly fishing trip with Mary Ann, Julie, Verlon, or Bob through Silver Creek Outfitters or locally in Stanley through McCoy’s Gift and Tackle. The guides are available for ‘walk-and-wade’ trips on the upper Salmon River around town, for day-long drift boat trips on the lower Salmon River below Torrey’s Landing, and for ’walk-and-wade’ trips on Bear Valley Creek and Marsh Creek  just west of Stanley.  McCoy’s Gift and Tackle Shop can meet all your Stanley fly fishing needs for gear, flies, accessories, and fishing licenses.

What is fly fishing in Stanley Idaho like? Well, the opportunities to fly fish are infinite! Many visitors choose to fly fish for rainbow trout or west slope cutthroat trout on the Salmon River near town. You can also fish many of the tributaries of the Salmon River – some popular choices are the Yankee Fork, Valley Creek, and Stanley Creek.  Our prime fishing season begins when the spring run off is complete – sometime in June. So mid-June to mid-September fly fishing is the prime season. The predominate tactic is to fish dry flies for either rainbow trout or west slope cutthroat trout. If you enjoy hiking there are numerous high mountain lakes that offer chances are wild trout.