The Essence of Sun Valley.

 

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What our guides reported as of
June 11th 2014

Current Conditions:

Dry Fly Fishing - Poor
Nymphing - Okay
Current Hatch - Flashback Pheasant Tails, Rubber Legged Stones, Hares Ears
Stream Flow - 663 cfs
Weather - Warm

Flies that are Working:

Rubber Legged Stones
Hares Ears

Best Sections:

North of Ketchum

Tips and Tactics:

This river is not ready to wade.

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Howard Preserve

In Bellevue, turn west on Elm Street.  One half block west of Main Street between Elm and Poplar the access to the Howard Preserve.  Parking available.  Path leads down from bench to river through the Preserve, which the City of Bellevue owns as a riverside park.  The Howard Preserve was protected and is managed through the efforts of Wood River Land Trust and the City of Bellevue.

  • Two trout limit
  • All trout 12" to 16" must be released
  • Bait allowed
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The Big Wood

Season:

May 24th, 2013 - March 31st, 2015

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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