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Fly Fishing Kelly Creek Idaho
This is one of the most overlooked streams in the
nation. Some local Idaho residents may get a little upset
that we are putting this information on the Internet. This
beautiful stream provides anglers super clear water and
a good population of native cutthroat trout. It is remote,
usually sees few anglers, and a real treat to fish. Fly
fishing Kelly Creek is as good as fly fishing gets.

Kelly Creek begins high in the Bitterroot Mountains of
the panhandle of Idaho in a very remote area. It is a
tributary of the North Fork of the Clearwater River. Kelly
Forks Campground is located where Kelly Creek enters
the North Fork of the Clearwater. From there you can
hike upstream as far as you like on a very good trail that
follows the stream closely.

Kelly Creek's native West Slope cutthroats grow up to
20 inches long and probably average 12 to 14 inches.
Cayuse Creek is a tributary of Kelly Creek and also
offers some great fly fishing opportunities. All of its
tributaries and the main stream should continue to
provide good fishing for years to come. Kelly Creek and
its tributaries are "catch-and-release", single, barbless
hooks only.

Kelly Creek could be called a river. It isn't exactly small.
It is a fast-flowing, often turbulent stream with a steep
declination. It has plenty of large and small boulders
making it prime pocket water. It is best fished using
short, upstream presentations. High sticking is also a
great way to fish the stream.

Kelly Creek has more than a normal population of
caddisflies, mayflies, and stoneflies. Blue-winged Olives,
Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Quills and other mayfly
species are present. Terrestrial insect imitations work
well late in the summer and early Fall. October Caddis
represent one of the prime hatches anglers look forward
to each year.

The season starts Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.
The best fishing takes place after the Spring runoff but
that can last until mid July.
The best fishing opportunities start about the middle of
Early Fall, October and the first part of November also
presents some very good fly fishing opportunities.
Type of Stream

Westslope Cutthroat (native)
Rainbow Trout
Bull Trout (Illegal to fish for them)
Mountain Whitefish

Northeastern Idaho Panhandle


Nearest Towns

General Idaho season

Hiking required to reach most of the

Non-Resident License
State of Idaho

National Weather Service Link

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Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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