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The Waters Are Open…

By May 31, 2011 April 14th, 2018 8 Comments

Silver Creek is your best bet for fishing in the foreseeable future. It was a mixed bag for the opener with some hatches of size 16 PMDs and small Baetis mixed in during the late morning and into the afternoons. PMDs are very big early in the season and I expect to see good hatches of these in the next few weeks. On calm days I love the No Hackle in a size 16 and if it is windy I will put on a size 14 parachute or a thorax tie. For my Baetis pattern I like Hackle Stackers and the ¾ spent Baetis. Both are visible and fish well. Beetle fishing is a favorite of mine anytime of the year and early season can be very good as well. Crowe Beetles in bigger sizes such as a size 10 along with hi-vis foam beetles are excellent patterns. There are also midges in the late afternoons and a Trailing Shuck Midge along with some brassies should be a good selection for that time of day. On windy days try throwing leeches and Woolly Buggers. Hatch times will vary, with mid-morning hatches on the warmer days. On cooler days expect to see the bugs in the afternoons. The water is shallow this time of year with little vegetation growing. Try some of the deeper sections of the creek and you will find some more fish.

The Big Wood has actually dropped and a few hardy fishermen have been catching some fish. Please do not wade this time of year as the water levels are too dangerous, but in side channels and slower runs you can put on streamers and large nymphs to catch a few fish. Also try a large dry such as a Royal Wolf with a tungsten weighted nymph below it, to get down. The same conditions hold on Warm Springs and Trail Creek. I expect the weather to warm in the next week and for these rivers to blow out for awhile.

Magic Reservoir has been fishing well. The fish are moving into the bays and along the banks and are reachable with both floating lines and sinking lines. My best fishing has been on non-windy days during the mornings and evenings. A Biggs Sheep Creek Special is my favorite fly and many times I’ll put a Pheasant Tail 4 feet behind this fly, all under an indicator.

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  • Mike Moreno says:

    Thanks for the report. I really like the shop, When I was up your way a few years ago I purchased an awesome Simms fishing/wader bag w/ backpack straps, real nice! The staff set me up with some nice flies including the Makay Special which I haven’t been able to use…yet. I’m inquiring today as to the conditions on the E. Fork Big Lost River in the Copper Basin area. I fished Wildhorse Cr and it’s a GO-BACKER! What’s the word on that area and are there any streamflow links? I could not find one on the USGS site for the E fork in that area.
    I am looking forward to visiting the shop when I return to your area.

    Mike Moreno,
    Creston, CA

    • Dave Faltings says:

      The E. Fork of the Big Lost is running very high and in the next couple of days with temperatures in the 70s I expect the river to blow out. It will probably start to fish in July sometime.

  • Pfish says:

    Any speculation as to if/when the Brown Drakes may get going on Silver Cr. this year? I live in Boise and it would be very helpful to have a way of knowing when they start to show before I make the trip over. Any information will be GREATLY appreciated.

    • Dave Faltings says:

      With the cool weather I would guess that the hatch will be later. I’m thinking June 14th and later. the PMD’s and Baetis are showing on the preserve and Point of Rocks area.

  • Steve says:

    I’ll be in Sun Valley July 3-9. Do you think the Big Wood will be wadable and fishable by then? By the way, what are the ideal water flows and water temperature for early July? I’ll track the data in June using the FishHead app on my iPhone.

    • Steve,

      The snowpack hasn’t really started to melt yet this year. It is going to be a late run-off. The Big Wood isn’t really safe to wade until it drops below at least 500 cfs, which probably won’t happen until mid-July. If you follow the links on our streamflow page you can check the current flow for all our local waters. Even though it most likely won’t be wadable when you are here you can still fish the side channels. The water temperature won’t make much of a difference that time of year. The ideal water flow is below 500 cfs.

      • Steve says:

        Dave, thanks for your reply. My brother-in-law and I will come into your store on July 4, pick up some supplies and hopefully get some hints about where we can find some side channels.

  • Pfish says:

    Dave, thanks for the information. I’ve got a cabin near Island Park Res. and this morning it was 27 degs! I’m guessing that the Green and Gray Drakes will be a couple of weeks later this year as well.

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