Selway River, Idaho

The Selway River is a Middle Fork Clearwater River tributary in the Idaho State. It flows through Bitterroot National Forest, the Nez Perce National Forest of Northern & Central Idaho and the Bitterroot-Selway Wilderness. The full extent of the Selway River length was incorporated by the U. S. Congress as a division of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. The principal shoot of Selway River is one hundred miles long, right from the head waters in the Bitterroot Wilderness to its union with Lochsa at Lowell, where it forms the Clearwater River Middle Fork. Over two thousand square miles of basin in the Idaho County is drained by the Selway River.


Chinook salmon have made Selway River their home. As far back as five decades ago, four channels for salmon were made by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as well as by the Job Corps. This was done all along the river route to help mark the Chinook salmon run in the spring after many hydro-electric dams were constructed downstream. The Selway River was stockpiled with eggs of salmon every fall season between 1981 and 1985. It drew so much attention that a book written on the project called the `Indian Creek Chronicles’. It bagged the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association Book Prize in 1993.


The Selway River has no fishing pressure all round the year. The wild cutthroat and the rainbow trout keep the fishing connoisseurs busy and active all through the year. The fishermen get a glimpse of what the sentiment of fishing could have been when the West was settled in the early days when they float on the Selway River.  Join a Selway River fly fishing trip with us!