Monday, August 15, 2016
Idaho’s Salmon and Trout Rich Big Wood River
Steven Saslow is a longtime manager of capital market trading businesses and former New York hedge fund manager who engages with Blackstone Group as consultant. Away from Blackstone and his financial advisory duties, Steven Saslow enjoys travel and considers Sun Valley, Idaho, one of his favorite destinations. He is drawn to outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, and fly fishing in locations such as The Big Wood River and the Salmon River.
Stretching 137 miles throughout central Idaho, The Big Wood River offers excellent rainbow trout fisheries and is also known for brown trout. Beginning as a fast-running alpine stream at headwaters near the 11,000-foot-high Galena Peak, the walk-and-wade river has abundant wild fish.
The river broadens and slows at the juncture of the North Fork, 10 miles north of Sun Valley, and the 25-mile stretch to Bellevue is the most popular among anglers. South of Bellevue, fishing continues with brown trout becoming more prominent as the river winds toward the fertile Snake River Basin plains. The largely freestone river finally reaches a single dam before petering out in the desert of southern Idaho.