The Drakes are popping on Silver Creek and the Big Wood River is dropping and clearing fast. According to recent forecasts, the weather will likely stay cool and overcast through the weekend, helping to drop river levels and ignite periodic daytime hatches.
Big Wood River
The Big Wood has been dropping and clearing rapidly over the past five days. Adventurous anglers can start to fish the braids and side channels with large nymphs and dries, but should use caution when wading. If the Big Wood continues to drop and clear at this pace, we should be in for some great Green Drake fishing this year.
Due to the abnormal weather we are experiencing, The Creek’s hatches have been unpredictable lately. Brown Drakes have finally made an appearance but not at their typical time of day. We normally see Brown Drake activity in the evening, but over the past week we’ve witnessed some great daytime Drake spinner falls, mainly in the Willows and Point of Rocks. These spinner falls usually coincide with calm overcast conditions so they should continue as long as the weather holds up. Daytime anglers will also encounter PMD (size 16) hatches as well as small (size 22) Beatis hatches and spinner falls. The sloughs and ponds have had occasional Callibaetis hatches that will continue to pick up as we head into summer.
Big Lost River
Unfortunately, the Big Lost is still too high to fish.
Upper Big Lost / Copper Basin
Like the Big Wood, the Upper Big Lost is dropping and clearing quickly. The Copper Basin is fishable in spots and should continue to improve as the week progresses. Large dry flies (Stimulators, Adams, Turks, etc…) and streamers should produce fish in the slower, fishable stretches.
South Fork of the Boise
The river has dropped about 1000cfs over the past three days to 2500cfs. This is still a little too high for good wade fishing but is good for drift boats. Fishing Cicada patterns along the banks can be effective as well as nymphing. The caddis hatches have started and will continue to increase in frequency as we head further into June.