The Salt River is a small intimate river that begins on the western slope of the Salt River Mountain Range just south of the town of Afton, WY. As it flows north through the ranch land of scenic Star Valley Wyoming, it picks up many tributaries and spring creeks that add to its complexity and diversity. The Salt River ends its journey in Palisades Reservoir at its confluence with the Snake River. Similar to the upper Teton River, the Salt River flows at a much slower speed than its neighboring Snake and South Fork of the Snake.
Great Early Season Options
The Salt holds a few rainbows and brook trout but the prime attractions are the Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat and brown trout in the 10-22 inch range. The Salt River offers great opportunities to catch trophy browns in the early and late part of the season as the fish move up from Palisades Reservoir. The beauty of the fly fishing Wyoming – Salt River, in addition to the surrounding mountains, is the early season fishing. Spring run off occurs sooner, and clears faster, than at other western Wyoming rivers. WorldCast Anglers has historically been able to access the Salt River by early June and utilize the river until some of the bigger rivers have cleared. Be sure to check out our Salt River Fly Fishing Report.