“Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn’t determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed.” ~John Gierach

The weather forecast is calling for cooler temperatures; if you plan to spend the day on the water, dress for the season. The cooler temps will continue to shorten our fishing window and the bugs of summer will fade away until next year. This is a great time of year to be on the water, as fish of all sizes are feeding with vigor in anticipation of winter. So, while fishing this October, focus on companionship or solitude, not on fish count or size. Make being completely present your goal and you will never be disappointed.

Silver Creek

Fall Baetis and Mahogany Duns are gaining momentum as the days get shorter and the mornings get cooler. For Fall Baetis, have the full arsenal of duns, cripples, and spinners tied by the House of Harrop in size 20-24. The Mahoganies are the last big bug of the season on the Creek and you should also have the dun and emerger patterns for this bug to ensure success. This time of year, watch for the cool, cloudy days…the fishing can be incredible. On these blustery days, fishing hoppers or pulling streamers can be fantastic. FYI, if you find some early brown trout on redds, let them be and watch your step.

Big Wood 

With cool weather and moisture in the forecast, expect the Wood to be in full fall fishing glory. The Hecubas (Red Quills) are still making an appearance but their numbers are dwindling. This bug can be a great one to use if you are searching the water looking to bring a fish to the surface. Ants or hoppers are a good options as well. Fall Baetis continue to be the main attraction and should continue to hatch throughout the warmest part of the day for the next few weeks. To imitate this fly, an olive Gulper Special with an orange post or any of the Harrop Baetis patterns are a good choice. Nymphing continues to be outstanding with the most effective methods being dry dropper or Euro Style. Target the shallow, dancing water at the head or side of runs or run your rig through the small depressions behind any kind of structure. The fish are incredibly aggressive in this type of water and you should expect a strike the moment your flies touch the water.

Upper Big Lost

There are still some Red Quills and a smattering of Beatis hatching in the afternoon. Take a drive and check out the fall colors on your way to fish the main stem of the Lost or one of the tributaries. Take plenty of hoppers and ants as well as some size 14 Parachute Adams or Hare’s Ear parachute to imitate the Red Quills.

The Lost Below Mackay

The flows are holding at 270 CFS. On the pleasant fall days, expect to have steady Baetis starting around 10 or 11 AM and lasting until 2 PM. Have a range of Baetis patterns from size 20 to 24 and fish at least 6 or 6.5X tippet on a 9 to 12 foot leader. If you can’t find surface feeders, try fishing a dry dropper rig or Euro Nymphing. For nymphs, try small Baetis style nymphs (18-22), Zebra Midge, or attractor nymphs like the Rainbow Warrior, Iron Lotus, or Bishop’s Dynamite in size 16 and 18.

The Salmon

Morning temps are going to be in the 20s around the Stanley Basin, so give it time to warm up. The best fishing is from noon until about 4 PM. Look for pull outs with access to classic riffle run holding water and search the water with nymphs or streamers. For nymphs try small rubber legged stones, Bishop’s Dynamite, Rainbow Warriors, or any other beaded size 14 or 16 nymph.

South Fork of the Boise

The South Fork continues to fish very well. During the pleasant hours of the day, there are plenty of midge, Baetis, caddis, and crane flies to get the fish feeding on top. Fall fishing on the South Fork means small dries, long leaders, and light tippet. For flies try micro caddis in peacock and olive as well as Harrop’s Baetis patterns if you find rising fish. Nymphing Euro Style or Dry Dropper is very productive for both trout and Mountain Whitefish.

Local Ponds

Penny Lake, Lake Creek Pond or Gaver Lagoon are the perfect option for a family, fall picnic. We have a complete assortment of spinning gear, lures, bait, and flies so drop on by the shop and we can hook you up no matter the style of fishing you prefer.

Silver Creek Flies: Beatis 18 | Callibeatis 16 | Mahogany Duns 16 | Hoppers, Beetles, Ants |  Zebra Midge in black, red, or olive 16,18 | Pheasant Tails 16,18 | Baetis Nymphs

Big Wood, Big Lost, Salmon River Flies: Grasshoppers | Red Quills (Hecuba) | Elk Hair Caddis | Stimulators | Chubby Chernobyl | Parachute Adams | Rubber Legged Stones |Iron Lotus | Pheasant Tails | Bishop’s Dynamite | King Prince | Streamers

South Fork of the Boise Flies: Baetis | Flavs | Crane Flies | Hoppers | Rubber Legged Stones | Zebra Midge | Caddis Larva | Flash Back Pheasant tails | King Prince | Streamers

Silver Creek
Big Wood
Upper Big Lost
The Big Lost
Salmon
South Fork of the Boise
88.1 cfs
163 cfs
123 cfs
240 cfs
508 cfs
319 cfs