Middle Fork of the Salmon River (Dagger Falls)

9 August 2005 By Dan Bachman • Fishing-Spots • Comments (0)

Last Updated: August 20, 2005

Synopsis: Incredible catch & release dry fly fishing for Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbows. Difficult to get into but worth the trip. You may not see another person fishing while there.

Flies: Caught fish on orange and yellow stimulators, Renegades, PMDs, Royal Wulffs and BWO’s. I understand that they pound Copper John nymph droppers but haven’t tried it yet.

Map: Dagger Falls

How to get there: From Stanley Idaho take SR 21 NW 20 miles to Bear Valley Rd then 20 miles on dirt roads until you reach Dagger Falls.

GPS:
(Decimal Degrees)
N 44.531
W -115.294033

Location Specific Regulations: Idaho Fish & Game (364 KB PDF for 2005 Season)

Dates Fished:
07/17/2005 Solo-Caught 1 Cut & 30+ Rainbows
07/24/2005 W/ Brother-in-Law We caught three 15-16 inch Cuts and 20+ Rainbows
08/12/2005-08/13/2005 W/ Dan Adams and Daughters. Caught too many Cuts to count. Very few Steelhead. Fished 1 1/2 miles north of Dagger Falls and below the put-in on the second day.

Bonus: Dagger Creek Hot Spring nearby to soak after a day on the river.

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