Idahos Sport Paradise: Salmon River Country Wildest New Country Left in America, Daily Racing Form, 1919-11-07


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IDAHOS SPORT PARADISE Salmon River Country Wildest New Country Left in America. Rivers Beaming: with Fish and Woods Full of All Kinds of Game. The Salmon River country, located in the heart of Idaho, is the wildest and most isolated territory left in the United States. A hunters paradise its clear amber, streams are alive with trout, and back from the streams arc to be found all the big and little game that inhabit a mountain country. Picturesque beauty, blue, cloudless skies, and chisp, invigorating air, makeVpiies blood run warm and ills heart beat faster each mile that he advances into this open wilderness, and he regrets that he did not know of it before. Many of the streams do not yet know of the anglers rod, and much of the country has never had a human visitors; as wild and untrammeled as when first created virgin territory, adorned with natures beauty and all the environment that a sportsman loves. It is a. country one is loath to leave, and offers more happiness and freedom to the sportsman than the average hunting grounds. The turbulant Salmon River cuts this country in two, and a trip by boat is the best way to reach it, stopping at different points along the route to take in the interior country. Mountain sheep, goats, elk, deer, cougar and bear are usually found back from the fiver, in season, while all of the tributaries of the Salmon are full of trout. Grouse and pheasants are very plentiful along the streams and the open lands along the Salmon River. The country is mountainous and rough as a whole, but beautiful glades, stretches of f Jat country, basins, and groves mark the course of nearly every stream running into the Salmon, as well the river itself. The season for this trip is from April until November, as the country is low and mild climate, but the vbest time for nil-round sport would be from August, when the trout are rising the best, until along in October, for big game and chickens. Early spring would, of course, be the best for bear as far as fur is the consideration.- SIG TROUT FILL THE IDAHO STREAMS. Rainbow trout, brook trout and bull trout are at their best from July until December, rising steadily to a fly, and vary in size .from one-half to five pounds. The salmon trout, the king of the family, are caught usually in the Salmon River during the early spring or late winter, ranging in size from two to twenty pounds. The distance by flat boat from Salmon City to Lewiston, Idaho, through this stretch of new land, is some 130 miles. The principal points on the river are Long Tom Rapids, Big Sheep Eater, Bear Creek and Devils Teeth Rapids, Pine Creek, Rapids, Dutch Oven, Horse Creek, Ramey, Bailey, Big Mallard, Growler and Whip Lash Rapids,, Proctors Falls, Black Canyon and Salmon Falls. , The boat landings are .principally-Pop Ranch, Butts Bar, Little Squaw Cregk, Sam, Myers, Church-ills, Bear Creek and Mouth of Crooked River, where a company is operating a gold mine. One hundred miles below Salmon City are the Hot Springs, ideal for a nights camp and a good bath. Some twelve miles above Crooked River is Painters Ranch, which is unique and interesting to every visitor in that his lodge is filled with trophies of the hunt, and his pets wild animals of the hills. Berries, peaches and all fruit and vegetables are grown, and good accommodations can be secured. The wildest and most thrilling trip is by boat down the Salmon River. To the sportsman who is willing to "rough it," relying on natures environment alone for liis comfort, he will get more game and fish and more experience than he has ever had before.

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