Fishing Forecast December 25th – January 8th

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For some, the concept of winter fly fishing seems oxymoronic. For the rest of us, winter fly fishing is synonymous with solitude. The river in winter is a transcendent place, a place where anglers can experience the Emersonian “transparent eyeball,” observing the quietude of nature. However, nothing will end a winter fly fishing excursion faster than being ill prepared for the conditions. Often it is the little things that make the trip successful: a thermos full of coffee, a pocket full of hand warmers, a pair of waders that don’t leak, the proper layering, a change of clothes in the … Read More

Fly Fishing Forecast December 11th – 25th

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There always seems to be chatter this time of year about which ski town is the best. What makes Ketchum a great ski town? It is simple. The fact that you can ski in the morning on a world class mountain, fly fish the afternoon on the Wood, and still make it to the Pioneer for après cocktails by the early evening. There are few things finer than the Ketchum trifecta. December’s Arctic blast should loosen its grip by the end of the week and temperatures in the low to mid 30s will feel like a heat wave in comparison. … Read More

Fishing Forecast Nov. 27th – Dec. 11th

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Santa, if you are listening, the winter fishing season is upon us and I have a few simple needs. To help me keep my feet toasty warm and my legs dry, a pair of SIMMS Bootfoot Waders is top of my list. Next are layers, lots of layers; from long underwear to fleece pants and jackets, I know SIMMS has got me covered. Hat, fingerless gloves, flask, Smith Optics ChromaPop Polarized sunglasses and maybe even a Tenkara rod would make for nice stocking stuffers. And Santa, to make this really easy on you, you can find all of this at … Read More

Fishing Forecast November 13th – 27th

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With multiple hunting opportunities, the prospect of a great ski season on the horizon, and miles of open water free from fishing pressure, November is a great time to be in the Wood River Valley. If fishing is your activity of choice, keep checking the weather forecast and dress for the occasion as the forecast for the next two weeks is all over the map. Also, this is a good time to make sure you have winterized your vehicle and take those extra precautions for when the weather takes a turn for the worse while out fishing. The Big Wood … Read More

Fishing Forecast October 30th – November 13th

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Temperatures in the valley are starting to drop and the ski season is less than a month away. While waiting for the snow to fall, why not go fishing. In November, we still have very good Baetis hatches on our local streams and even some steelhead opportunities a couple hours outside of town. And be sure to mark your calendar…Wednesday, November 6th, Greg Loomis, SCO fishing guide and founder of savesilvercreek.org, will be presenting at Whiskey Jacques between 5 and 7pm. Admission is free and if you have any questions about the restoration project on Silver Creek or any other … Read More