September 24, 2021

Clearwater River Steelhead Fishing Guides

Steelhead fishing the Clearwater River

Clearwater River Steelhead Fishing Guides

World famous for it’s B-run Steelhead averaging 10 to 12 lbs with several 20 lb plus fish to be taken, the Clearwater River is highly regarded as one of the best Steelhead rivers in the world. The Clearwater is a relatively shallow river with rocky structure and gravel bars making drifting bait the primary method of fishing here. It is not uncommon for our Clearwater River Steelhead Fishing Guides to put your group onto 20 or more Steelhead in a day!! Our six full time guides will cover a 40 mile section of river beginning in Lewiston, Idaho and extending into the town of Orofino, Idaho. Reel Time Fishing is one of the few outfitters who’s guides will fish every inch of this 40 miles of river, allowing for us to follow the fish around and have a strategic advantage in the early season when the fish are spread throughout the river system.

The Clearwater River Steelhead season extends out over seven months, opening in July for catch and release and then catch and keep in October, making it our longest and our most popular fishery we offer. These brutes make their way 450 river miles inland, starting their journey up the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon and ending at one of many hatcheries, wild spawning habitat, or on the end of your line. Thanks to the largest Steelhead hatchery in the nation, we are fortunate to be able to harvest these beautiful creatures. Without Dworshak or Clearwater hatcheries, we would not be able to sustain runs large enough to hold a harvest fishery.

Reel Time Fishing operates as a licensed Idaho outfitter under four limited entry permits issued by the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Licensing Board. Our Steelhead trips operate under two of 10 permits issued for the Lewiston to Orofino section. These permits are difficult to obtain which restricts competition and helps keep guide traffic to a minimum. Each guide must work as an employee for the permit holder (outfitter) which means each guide has been hand picked and are the best of the best.

Our Clearwater River Steelhead Fishing Guides are ready to get you on the water. Contact Us today to reserve your fishing adventure.

Clearwater River Information:

The Clearwater River is in the northwestern United States, in north central Idaho. Its length is 74.8 miles, it flows westward from the Bitterroot Mountains along the Idaho-Montana border, and joins the Snake River at Lewiston. In October 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition descended the Clearwater River in dugout canoes, putting in at “Canoe Camp,” five miles (8 km) downstream from Orofino; they reached the Columbia Bar and the Pacific Ocean about six weeks later.

By average discharge, the Clearwater River is the largest tributary of the Snake River. The River got its name for the Niimiipuutímt naming as Koos-Koos-Kai-Kai – “clear water”.


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