Selway River Fishing Trips, Idaho
Selway River Fishing provides a truly unique and unspoiled fly fishing experience in America. With a short river season, challenging access, and pristine waters, the Selway remains one of the most protected Native Westslope Cutthroat fisheries in America. Fishing on the Selway River is excellent on these later launch dates while being more challenging during the earlier trips. Fly and spin fishing are both popular.
Our fishing boats are designed specifically for the combined multi-day, technical whitewater, and fishing experience. The “Green Drakes” move swiftly, draft minimally, carry significant weight, and handle the whitewater superbly. They are designed to carry two fishers and a guide.
Your guides will stay busy skillfully navigating the technical waters and maneuvering through hydraulics and rapids, they will not all ways be available on the water to tie your flies, unhook your fish, or untangle your line. For beginners, camp will provide more down time for “hands on” instruction.
Selway River Fishing is catch and release ONLY. Native Cutthroat Trout are the predominant fish on the Selway. 10″-16″ fish are common.
We stop at a sporting goods store on the way to the river the day of your launch or you can shop the day before in Missoula. You must have an IDAHO (not Montana) fishing license.
June brings the giant salmon-fly to the Selway river. The fish are not specific about pattern. They are very aggressive. Suggested patterns include: Elk Hair Caddis, Goddard Caddis, X-Caddis, Sparkle Pupa, Emergent Sparkle Pupa, Chernobyl Ant, Stimulator, Humpby, Royal Wulff, Golden Ribbed Hares Ear, Zup Bug
July is the start of the terrestrial fishing on the river, grasshoppers & ants can produce some fantastic fishing. Suggested patterns include: Dave’s Hopper, Joe’s Hopper (day in and day out, the most successful fly on the river)
SELWAY FISHING BLOG (click to visit)
- Spinner Fishing Gear:
- Spinning rod and reel
- Spinners: #2 Mepps – red and white –
- Panther Martin – black and gold
- Rooster Tail – brown, maroon, or other.
- 4-6 pound line with swivels.