“Success on the stream or in life comes from a balanced approach. In the business world, successful CEOs must possess more than one skill set. This balance allows them to overcome obstacles on a daily basis. The same holds true for successful anglers.” ~ George Daniel
We all have a different measure of success when it comes to angling. But the truth is, some anglers seem to catch more fish than others, no matter what technique they employ. Why? That is what I want to understand. That is why with every fish, fisherman, or river I encounter, I want to learn something new. That is my idea of success. Ultimately the key is not a skill set, but a mindset. If you want to learn more from some really skilled anglers and teachers, check out our Early Season Fly Fishing 101 classes offered June 11th and 18th.
The Brown Drake activity has petered out and the “Drake Heads” have pulled up there camps and moved on. While the Creek is one of the few fishing options in the area for the moment, the crowds will be thin until the Tricos start up in July. Like the weather, the Nature Conservancy and Kilpatrick Pond portions of the Creek continue to be unpredictable, but a late afternoon PMDs hatch is possible. Throughout the day there will also be a few Baetis mixed with Callibaetis depending on where you are. As always, terrestrials, beetles and ants, will work when no other bugs are around. Also, nymphing with a small beaded Pheasant Tail or Zebra Midge (18 or 20) remains very productive. This is also a good time of year to pull a streamer or a damsel nymph through open water.
The flows on the Wood have peaked just above 2,000 CFS, but should begin to drop. There are quite a few Green Drake nymphs ready to go. Within the next week or two, when the water starts to clear, anglers should be ready too.
SF OF THE BOISE
The flows have increased to 2,840 CFS. Wading is difficult and dangerous; this is best fished from a drift boat. There have have quite a few Cicadas this year and the fish will take big Cicada patterns and Chernobyl Ants fished tight to the bank around the foliage. This fishery will start to get good later in June and July once the Salmon flies get active.
The Salmon below Stanley is very high; near Clayton the flows are near 3,700 CFS. Hopefully we will be able to start floating by mid June. In the meanwhile, the stretch of river around the hatchery, while high, can stay relatively clear this time of year and has decent numbers of whitefish and a few trout. Try deep nymphing with rubber legged stones or streamers.
Flows are over 1,000 CFS. Expect flows to stay high through June and July. Once the flows drop below 350 CFS in August, this river will be ready to fish again.
UPPER BIG LOST
Trail Creek Pass is open, but the rivers are still too high. It won’t be long and the headwaters of the East Fork will be ready to go as the water starts to drop.
STILLWATERS & LOCAL WATERS
Gavers Lagoon, Penny, and Lakecreek ponds are great locations for a family picnic and some fishing. Magic, Mackay, and Little Wood reservoirs are good options with a float tube, pontoon, or from a boat. If you do go out in a watercraft, be sure to always have a safety whistle and a life jacket as the wind can be unpredictable this time of year. I like to pull Seal buggers and Pops buggers in black or olive off of a sinking line like a type 3 or 5 or suspend a team of nymphs off an indicator like Prince nymphs, Copper Johns, or classic Chironomids with a floating line. Whatever you decide to do, come on by the shop and we will hook you up with the best flies for your situation.
South Fork of the Boise
The Big Lost