“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by
staying in the house.”- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sunday, November 2nd is the end of Daylight Saving Time and with the days already getting shorter as we move towards the December Solstice,our autumnal sunshine is very precious. There is plenty of time to hibernate in the months to come. Don’t waste these days inside; get out and enjoy the fall fly fishing opportunities while you can. Carpe Diem.
The Creek will continue to fish well in the afternoon, once the hatch activity reaches its peak. Expect good numbers of Baetis in a short, concentrated burst which should get all the fish in the river looking up. To match this hatch have a good selection of duns, cripples, and spinners tied by the House of Harrop in size 20-24 to guarantee success.Prior to and right after the hatch, nymphing dry dropper style with size 24-16 Pheasant Tails, Baetis nymphs, and olive and red Zebra Midge is effective. On a side note, the browns are in full spawn mode. Leave them alone; there are plenty of fish not spawning to play with. Also,the upper reach of Silver Creek through the Nature Conservancy section to the Highway 21 bridge closes the end of November.
The fishing has been good between 11 and 3. There has been a decent Fall Baetis hatch starting around noon and plenty of midge activity as well.The fish are feeding aggressively during this short window. With the colder temperatures, the fish are beginning to transition into their winter holding water, so don’t expect to find fish spread out in the fast, shallow riffles; instead, focus your attention on the deeper water, seams, and tailouts. A patient angler will find surface feeding fish during the prime time; however, the most productive method is still nymphing. Try a dry dropper or a Euro style rig. For nymphs try Rubber Leg Stones, Prince Nymphs, Zebra Midge, ICU Midge,Egan’s Frenchy, or the Iron Lotus.
THE UPPER LOST
Trail Creek Pass is still open and should remain so for the next several weeks; however, once the snow falls the pass will close. The fishing on the upper Lost is slow, except for a very short window in the late afternoon. Fish can still be taken on terrestrials as well as smaller dries like Caddis or Baetis, but nymphing is the most productive. Try Zebra midge or other small and thin patterns in red or black size 18-20 hung beneath a dry fly and search the water.
The temps can easily start in the teens and hover right around freezing this time of year in the Stanley Basin. However, there is still the potential for day time temps to soar near 60. Either way, fishing the dancing water during the pleasant time of day will produce good numbers of whitefish and trout. Try nymping with small rubber legged stones,Bishop’s Dynamite, Rainbow Warriors, or any other beaded size 14 or 16 nymph or swinging Woolly Buggers.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE
November on the South Fork can still produce some decent fly fishing opportunities. The fish are active in and around the shallow riffles and runs were you can find structure. For dries, go small. Try size 18 caddis in peacock, brown, black, and olive as well as Harrop’s Baetis patterns in size 18-24. In the slower runs the fish are typically feeding on midge, so have a good supply of midge dry and emerger patterns. Of course, nymphing Euro Style or Dry Dropper is very productive when you see no feeding fish. For nymphs try small Baetis nymph patterns (18-20), Zebra Midge (18-22), Caddis Larva (12-14), Stone Fly patterns (10-12), or San Juan Worms. Pulling large streamers could potentially tie you into a monster Bull Trout..
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WATER FLOWS – OCTOBER 29TH
The Big Lost
South Fork of the Boise