|Hike Name:||Colville National Forest - Salmo River|
|Trip Date:||July 3, 1998|
|Trip Weather:||Partly Sunny|
|Trip Winds:||Light to Moderate|
|Trip Precipitation:||Rain, Showers, Thunderstorms|
|Trip Temperature:||High: 71-80, Low: 41-50 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Trip Report:||We had to put on our rain gear as soon as we left the car at 2:30pm today since some thunderstorms rolled through the area as soon as we started hiking. The rain continued as we hiked 3.5 miles down a muddy (but blowdown-free) trail to the Salmo River. The river looked more like a creek and Red Eye decided to ford it. BirdShooter and I decided to cross via a downed tree. We hiked another twenty minutes after crossing the Salmo River and found a sandy beach campsite right on the river. There was plenty of driftwood in the area and getting a fire started was no problem. The fly fishing was unbelievable this evening. The cuthroat trout were small (up to seven inches) but they were extremely hungry. They hit dry flies on just about every cast. We had scattered showers the rest of the evening and were wet most of the time, but the fire was a major plus and we hung around it until we sacked out around 11pm.
The next morning (July 4th), we were up by 7am and did some more fishing and had more success. The 2000' hike out of the gorge was not easy. Red Eye worked up a sizeable blister on the walk out and we decided to cancel the scheduled 20+ mile loop hike. Once back at the car, we spotted the Salmo Mountain tookout tower and enjoyed some Independence Day brews and view from the top.