What our guides reported as of
October 4th 2013

Current Conditions:

Dry Fly Fishing - Poor
Nymphing - Poor
Current Hatch - Blue winged olive, caddis, tricos
Stream Flow - 275 cfs
Weather - Crisp Fall weather.

Flies that are Working:

Stonefly Nymphs
Baetis Paraspinner sz 18-22

Best Sections:

Between Ketchum and Bellevue

Tips and Tactics:

Recent thunder storms have created mud and ash runoff that has clogged the Big Wood River. It is currently not fishable.




May 27th, 2013 - March 31st, 2014

Species Available:

Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout

There is no better place for an angler to learn the art of fly fishing than the Wood. This Freestone fishery is what many veteran fly anglers would dream up, if left to design their own fisheries. With miles, upon miles of access, easy wading, nice sized, wild fish, and a beautiful backdrop, there is no better place to spend a hot summer day, or even a winter afternoon.

The Wood is forgiving enough to reward the
beginner angler, who is willing to learn the
basics with plenty of action.

Big dry flies are the norm on the Wood as well as decent catch rates. No where is an angler's catch rate translated so directly by their skills as it is on the Big Wood. The Wood is forgiving enough to reward the beginner angler, who is willing to learn the basics, with plenty of action, but this river also holds enough secrets to challenge the expert angler in anyone. The Big Wood is slowly becoming known as one of the most productive winter fisheries in the western United States, offering anglers dry fly action, as well as nymphing and streamer opportunities. The Wood is primarily a rainbow, cutt-bow fishery, with a healthy population of brown trout immediately above and below Magic Reservoir. There is no stocking on the main Big Wood River, so be ready for hard fighting, healthy trout!

Guiding Options:

  • 3/4 day - $350 for 2 anglers
  • Full day - $450 for 2 anglers

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