Kelly Creek is a stream that has a lot of catch and release water and it is widely known for its amazing Cutthroat Trout. The river is in the middle of Gods County, and is just one of many rivers in the beautiful Idaho Mountains. Don’t let the name fool you though; this Creek is definitely a river.
The Cut’s and Bows will eat almost anything you throw their way, rewarding you for the trip. There is also a nice supply of whitefish that will also put up a nice fight. This river is best fished from July through September, during the hot summer months. This is a river you would want to wade taking your time to hit the nice runs and pools along the way. This river has a tremendous supply of fish and not many insects so you have great odds. This is also a great place to hike in Idaho.
Located in Northern Idaho and it is part of the Clearwater National Forest and is located East of Lewiston Idaho. Take highway 12 East towards Orofino and head towards Pierce Idaho. You will find yourself in a beautiful paradise with beautiful scenery and not many people.
Some of the flies to use on would be Parachute Adams, Royal Wulff, and Caddis above water, Pheasant Tails and Zugbugs to fish below the surface. The fish are not too picky as long as you throw something that looks similar to their food supply you will have good odds.
When it comes to fishing in Idaho there are many great trout streams located throughout the state. Kelly Creek is among the most well known and very productive. It may not be as popular as Henry’s Fork, or require the stealth like presentations of Silver creek, but it does have a nice supply of great fish.
Kelly Creek map.