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Fly Fishing Forecast April 27- May 11

A man comes into a shop and asks, ‘Can I have a rod and reel for my son?’ The owner replies, ‘Sorry sir, we don’t do trades.'” ~Anonymous

We are a month away from opening day. Don’t wait until May 28th to dust of the gear only to find it in disrepair. Now is the time to do a thorough gear assessment: organize you fly boxes and replace your “go to” flies; toss out old tippet and replace it with fluorocarbon; fix the leaks in your waders and screw a few studs in your wading boots; peel your line completely off your reel and clean both with a mild soap and water. Of course, if your floating line has become a sink tip you should replace it all together. And if you have been dreaming of a new Sage or Winston matched with a Waterworks-Lamson or Hatch…while we won’t take your son, we do take trades for rods and reels. See our Tackle Trade In and trade up offer on our website.

THE SALMON RIVER
There are only a handful of days left of the Steelhead season on the upper Salmon; After Saturday April, 30th, it is done for the year. The Salmon River in the town of Salmon has been as high as 5,000 CFS and while the recent cooler temps have brought it down to 4,000 CFS, the high flows have reduced the visibility in the lower river. The up side of the cooler weather is that the river just below and above Stanley has remained clear. Nevertheless, check with us before you go. As for techniques, in the smaller, upper part of the river, sight fishing with a single handed rod works well and on the lower river in the classic wide steelhead runs, it is fun to swing flies with a Switch or Spey rod.

BIG LOST BELOW MACKAY
The flows are holding steady at 96 CFS, but they could go up any day. Flows from the upper Lost are beginning to fill the reservoir and it is more than likely that once they turn the water up on the lower river, we may not see flows below 500 CFS until August. So now is the time to go! Of course, Trail Creek Pass is still closed and will remain closed until some time in May. You can expect to find both midge and Baetis present. For midge patterns, have a good selection of Griffith’s Gnats in size 18 to 22 as well as Trailing Shuck Midge in the same size. For Baetis, try Harrop’s Parachute Baetis and a simple High Vis Parachute Baetis for when the light goes flat in size 18 and 20. Before the hatch starts try small Rainbow Warriors, Bishop’s Dynamites, Zebra Midge, or Pheasant Tail nymphs in size 16-20 fished below a small indicator or high visibility dry. You might also try a double nymph rig fished Euro Style through the deeper runs. San Juan Worms, Large Stone Flies, or Prince nymphs trailed by a small nymph can be effective.

SILVER CREEK
The Big Wood and the South Fork of the Boise are now closed for the season, but will reopen, along with Silver Creek, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (5/28).

THE BIG WOOD
The Big Wood is now closed for the season, but will reopen, along with Silver Creek, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (5/28).

SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE
The Big Wood and the South Fork of the Boise are now closed for the season, but will reopen, along with Silver Creek, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (5/28).

STILLWATERS
With the warmer temps, reservoir fishing is a good option this time of year. Magic is easy to fish from a float-tube or the bank around Myrtle Point for trout, bass, and perch. I have been hearing favorable reports from the Duck Valley Indian Reservation as well. This fishery is managed by the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and has three different reservoirs to pick from: Mountain View, Lake Billy Shaw, and Sheep Creek. For a small fee, you can fish all three and camping facilities are available as well. As for techniques in both locations, try pulling a team of small leech patterns in black, brown or olive on an intermediate or type 3 sinking line. Often spring trout are feeding on Daphnia, aka fresh water plankton, and a leech is a welcome meal. I also like to use Sheep Creek Specials in Duck Valley, or perch colored patterns at Magic. Also, suspending a series of nymphs at the right depth can also be effective at both locations. Come on by the shop and we can set you up.

 

 

Big Wood

Big Lost

Silver Creek

South Fork of the Boise

1,150 cfs

100 cfs

102 cfs

1,300 cfs

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Fly Fishing Forecast April 13-27th

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” ~ A.A. Milne.

With the patience of a Taoist we wait for our rivers to open. The Wood closed the end of March on a high note…the fishing was fantastic. And now the flows have jumped as high as 1,300 CFS with the recent warm weather. With a bulk of the high altitude snow yet to come down, this is the flush the Wood and it tributaries has needed since the fire. Water wise, we are going to be in good shape for the summer. For now, we still have Steelhead in the Salmon, decent flows on the Lost below Mackay, and reservoirs filling fast. For the rest, we shall get there someday…soon.

THE SALMON RIVER
To date, 2,607 Steelhead have made it to the Sawtooth Hatchery; 700 showed up on April 12th alone. The snow melt has caused the river to double in size down by Salmon, but above Basin Creek the river remains fishable with a majority of the pressure happening downstream of Pahsimeroi and Sawtooth Hatcheries. The weather has turned cooler again and conditions should stabilize; however, this can change quickly. Always check with us before you go. As for techniques, in the smaller, upper part of the river, sight fishing with a single handed rod works well and on the lower river in the classic wide steelhead runs, it is fun to swing flies with a Switch or Spey rod. Either way, now is the time to go, as this fishery only stays open till the end of April.

BIG LOST BELOW MACKAY
The flows are holding steady at 96 CFS and should remain there until the end of April when the flows traditionally jump to between 500 and 700 CFS. At the moment, Trail Creek Pass is still closed and will remain closed until some time in May. Still, this is the best option if you are looking to get some trout fishing in before the spring runoff. You can expect to find both midge and Baetis present. For midge patterns, have a good selection of Griffith’s Gnats in size 18 to 22 as well as Trailing Shuck Midge in the same size. For Baetis, try Harrop’s Parachute Baetis and a simple High Vis Parachute Baetis for when the light goes flat in size 18 and 20. Before the hatch starts try small Rainbow Warriors, Bishop’s Dynamites, Zebra Midge, or Pheasant Tail nymphs in size 16-20 fished below a small indicator or high visibility dry. You might also try a double nymph rig fished Euro Style through the deeper runs. San Juan Worms, Large Stone Flies, or Prince nymphs trailed by a small nymph can be effective.

SILVER CREEK
The Creek is closed for the season. Opening day is May 28th.

THE BIG WOOD
The Big Wood is now closed for the season, but will reopen, along with Silver Creek, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (5/28).

SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE
The South Fork of the Boise is now closed for the season, but will reopen, along with Silver Creek, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (5/28).

STILLWATERS
While a bit off color, Magic is a good option from a float-tube or the bank around Myrtle Point for trout, bass, and perch. When heading to Magic keep in mind, the Fairfield cutoff is may still be closed, but all other roads are open. Another option is the Duck Valley Indian Reservation which opens to fishing on the 1st of April. This fishery is managed by the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and has three different reservoirs to pick from: Mountain View, Lake Billy Shaw, and Sheep Creek. For a small fee, you can fish all three and camping facilities are available as well. As for techniques in both locations, try pulling a team of small leech patterns in black, brown or olive on an intermediate or type 3 sinking line. Often spring trout are feeding on Daphnia, aka fresh water plankton, and a leech is a welcome meal. I also like to use Sheep Creek Specials in Duck Valley, or perch colored patterns at Magic. Also, suspending a series of nymphs at the right depth can also be effective at both locations. Come on by the shop and we can set you up.

 

 

Big Wood

Big Lost

Silver Creek

South Fork of the Boise

1590 cfs

96 cfs

107 cfs

617 cfs

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Fly Fishing Forecast March 31- April 13

“When I’m fishing and hunting with the right attitude, I reenter the woods and river with a moment-by-moment sense of the glories of creation, of the natural world as a living fabric of existence, so that I’m both young again but also 70,000 years old.”
—Jim Harrison from Field & Stream, 2003

Thank you Mr. Harrison for your inspirational life and words. You remind us of the importance of staying connected to the woods and the river. Even with the Big Wood and South Fork of the Boise closing the end of March until the end of May, our fishing opportunities are not done. There are still plenty of angling options available, if you are willing to head out of town. The ice is coming off many of our local reservoirs and the Steelhead are in the upper Salmon River. And of course, the Big Lost is open year round. There is no time like the present to get outside and experience the glories of creation.

THE SALMON RIVER
To date, 671 Steelhead have made it to the Sawtooth Hatchery and they are sporadically spread through out the entire river from above Stanley on down to Clayton. Thanks to some cool evening temps, the river is low and clear; however, this can change quickly. It is always best to check with us before you commit to driving over the summit. In the smaller, upper part of the river, sight fishing with a single handed rod works well and on the lower river in the classic wide steelhead runs it is fun to swing flies with a Switch or Spey rod. Either way, now is the time to go, as this fishery only stays open till the end of April. It also happens that the Salmon around Stanley is a good rainbow, cutthroat, bull, and whitefish fishery. You can target these fish for a change of pace.

BIG LOST BELOW MACKAY
With the Big Wood closing for two months, the Lost is your best option for trout. The flows are holding steady at 96 CFS and should remain there until the end of April. Both midge and Baetis will be present with midge dominating the early action and then transitioning into BWO later in the day. For midge patterns, have a good selection of Griffith’s Gnats in size 18 to 22 as well as Trailing Shuck Midge in the same size. For Baetis, try Harrop’s Parachute Baetis and a simple High Vis Parachute Baetis for when the light goes flat in size 18 and 20. Before the hatch starts try small Rainbow Warriors, Bishop’s Dynamites, Zebra Midge, or Pheasant Tail nymphs in size 16-20 fished below a small indicator or high visibility dry. You might also try a double nymph rig fished Euro Style through the deeper runs. San Juan Worms, Large Stone Flies, or Prince nymphs trailed by a small nymph can be effective.

SILVER CREEK
The Creek is closed for the season. Opening day is May 28th.

THE BIG WOOD
The Big Wood is now closed for the season, but will reopen, along with Silver Creek, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (5/28).

SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE
The South Fork of the Boise is now closed for the season, but will reopen, along with Silver Creek, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (5/28).

STILLWATERS
The ice is off Magic and float tubing or bank fishing around Myrtle Point can be productive for trout, bass, and perch. When heading to Magic keep in mind, the Fairfield cutoff is still closed, but all other roads are open. Another option is the Duck Valley Indian Reservation which opens to fishing on the 1st of April. This fishery is managed by the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and has three different reservoirs to pick from: Mountain View, Lake Billy Shaw, and Sheep Creek. For a small fee, you can fish all three and camping facilities are available as well. As for techniques in both locations, try pulling a team of small leech patterns in black, brown or olive on an intermediate or type 3 sinking line. Often spring trout are feeding on Daphnia, aka fresh water plankton, and a leech is a welcome meal. I also like to use Sheep Creek Specials in Duck Valley, or perch colored patterns at Magic. Also, suspending a series of nymphs at the right depth can also be effective at both locations. Come on by the shop and we can set you up.

 

 

Big Wood

Big Lost

Silver Creek

South Fork of the Boise

257 cfs

96 cfs

153 cfs

314 cfs

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