Steelhead of the Upper Salmon

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Guess what’s the hottest fly for steelhead in the Upper Salmon River near Stanley?

Purple Peril? Green Butt Skunk? Egg pattern?

Wrong.

How about a No. 6 Golden Stonefly?

“It blew me away,” said Mark McCoy of McCoy’s Tackle Shop in Stanley. But that’s what anglers were coming into the shop looking for, he said Wednesday.

Steelhead are definitely in the Stanley area, and the last time McCoy checked with the Sawtooth Hatchery, almost 600 fish had arrived.

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The photo is of a ribbed stonefly pattern. It also has a barb on the hook. Don't forget to bend down the barbs on your hooks when steelhead fishing.