Fly Fishing Idaho’s Warm River
I spent this last Saturday fly fishing with my son and dad on Warm River near Ashton, Idaho. We parked at the Bear Gulch parking area and hiked down to the river. It takes about 20 minutes to hike to the river from the parking area.
Warm River is mainly spring fed and isn’t impacted by early season runoff or all of the rain we have been receiving in Eastern Idaho the last few weeks. This makes Warm River an excellent place for early season Idaho fly fishing.
Overall, the fishing was above average for Warm River. I caught 15+ fish – one brown, a few rainbows and a bunch of whitefish. Despite having a few flies on the surface, the fish were taking nymphs fished with a little split shot above the first fly. I caught the majority of the fish on a double renegade/bead head prince nymph combo. My dad had some luck on a smaller adult stone fly pattern fished slightly below the surface.
Saturday fishing found me at the Warm River. Fishing was pretty typical for Warm River. I caught around 10 fish, nothing bigger than 12″. I caught a few rainbows, a few browns, and a few whitefish. It was a beautiful day and the nice cool temperatures by and in the river were a needed break from the summer heat. Most of the fish were caught on bead head prince and hare’s ear nymphs. I caught one fish on a muddler minnow. Warm River is a beautiful, clear, cold river but for some reason trout populations aren’t the best and, for the most part, the fish are all small.
Here are a few pictures:
|Warm River (Canyon – looking downstream)|
|Warm River (Canyon – upstream)|