“As we try to estimate future streamflow scenarios, please remember that Mother Nature bats last and she can be a switch hitter.”
– Idaho Water Supply Outlook Report June 1, 2017
It has been cold and the flows around the region have dropped, but the forecast calls for a warmer pattern to return. This will bring the flows back up again. When the rivers will begin to recede into summer flows depends on Mother Nature. The fact remains, there is still significant snowpack above 8,000 feet yet to melt. Despite the high water, the Creek continues to fish well and adventurous anglers are finding success on our local stillwaters.
While the Brown Drakes are mostly gone, the Creek remains the best option for anglers looking to fish moving water that will not sweep you away. Now that warmer weather is on the horizon, the bug activity should stabilize. The hatch will be best mid-morning till noon and then again in the early evening till dark. Expect Baetis and midge to be the mainstay with a smattering of PMDs and Callibaetis in the mix during the mid morning action. For flies, check out our full collection of House of Harrop spring creek flies; they are simply the best. When the hatch wanes, try terrestrials; Crowe beetles and foam ants work well in the shallows when the wind picks up. Swinging damsel nymphs or soft hackles down and across will pick up fish and a dry dropper rig will produce a lot of fish during slow periods as well. For a nymph, try a small Zebra Midge in red, green, or black or a beaded Baetis or Callibaetis nymph. In the evenings you can expect to find small, dark Caddis and small PMDs on the water.
If you are looking for an alternative to Silver Creek, both Magic and the Little Wood reservoirs are both full to the brim with water and fishing quite well. You can fish from shore or a float tube with ease, just be aware of the high afternoon winds that can make boating unsafe. Another great Stillwater option is the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. If you have a day or two, this is definitely worth the trip.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 for an additional fee. As for techniques in all these reservoirs, try pulling a team of small leech patterns in black, brown or olive on an intermediate or type 3 or 5 sinking line. Often spring trout are feeding on Daphnia, aka freshwater plankton, and a leech is a welcome meal. Sheep Creek Specials always seem to work in Duck Valley. Also, suspending a series of nymphs or chironomids at the right depth can also be effective at both locations. Come on by the shop and we can set you up.
It is time to take the family to Lake Creek, Penny Lake, or Gaver’s Lagoon. All the ponds have been stocked and will receive regular stockings throughout the summer season. Whatever style of fishing you want to do, we are your headquarters. So drop on by before you take your family fishing and we will make sure you have the right gear to be successful.
THE UPPER LOST
Trail Creek Pass is open! Like the Big Wood, runoff will keep this area un-fishable for the remainder of the month. However, the wildflowers are amazing.
THE LOST BELOW MACKAY
The flows are too high to fish at the moment. We will need to wait until August before we see wadable flows again on this fishery.
THE BIG WOOD
The Wood and all its tributaries continue to flow at record-setting levels. It is best to stay clear of the Wood at the moment.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE
The flows have come down but it is still very high. In a few weeks, we will start hearing reports about the salmon fly hatch. Hopefully the river will drop to reasonable flows soon.
South Fork of the Boise
The Big Wood