“Most aquatic insects seem to obey no hard rule in the timing of their appearance, and Brown Drakes are no exception.” ~ Rene Harrop
While anglers seeking Brown Drakes dominate the lower river, the upper Creek, including the Nature Conservancy and Kilpatrick Pond, have been fishing very well throughout the day and receiving relatively light fishing pressure. Expect to see Baetis, PMDs, and the occasional Green Drake in the upper river and add a smattering of Callibaetis in the Pond. The shop has a great selection of flies tied by the House of Harrop to match these hatches. Beetles and ants are also effective, especially when no other bugs are around. In June, the hatches can be unpredictable, so be prepared to fish multiple different methods to bring fish to the net. While the fish are not as selective as they will be in July and August, good presentations and long, light leaders are still a must.
South Fork of the Boise
The flows on the South Fork of the Boise remain high at 3,000 CFS. Fishing the side channels with heavy nymphs and streamers is the best option and drift boat fishing should only be done by expert oarsmen. We are still a few weeks away from seeing the Salmon Fly hatch; however, Mormon Crickets and Cicadas are present and make a good meal for a hungry trout.
The Lost Below Mackay
The flows are holding steady at 1000 CFS. In late July or August, the flows will return to fishable levels under 350 CFS.
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.
Both Magic and the Little Wood reservoirs can be fished from shore or from a float tube; however, please be aware of the spring winds that can make boating/ tubing unsafe. For those looking to get out of town, a great option is the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Duck Valley 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 as well for an additional fee. If you go, please be aware that this is open range country and often the cows are in the middle of the road. 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. 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.
South Fork of the Boise: Chubby Chernobyl | Iron Lotus | SRS Bullet French Nymph | Duracell Jig 12-18 | Jake’s Perdigon 14-18 | Tungsten Nemec Stone | Pat’s Rubber Legs | Stone Daddy 8 | Bishop’s Dynamite | DB Zebra Midge in black, red, or olive | King Prince
Stillwater Flies: Seal Buggars | Balanced Leeches | Bouface Leech | Snowcone Chironomids | Egg Patterns | Prince Nymph | Squirmy Worms
Silver Creek: Harrop’s Brown Drake Variations | Green Drakes | PMD | Callibaetis | Baetis | Griffiths Gnats | Parachute | Midge | Iron Lotus | SRS Bullet French Nymph | Jake’s Perdigon 14-18 | DB Zebra Midge in black, red, or olive
The Big Lost
South Fork of the Boise