Fishing Forecast June 26th – July 3rd

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Maggie Mae with a Tiger Trout caught on Silver Creek. Drakes and Stones…The big bugs of summer have arrived. Normally when these bugs make their early summer appearance, the local rivers are still busting the banks with spring runoff. As predicted, this winter’s lower snowpack has set the stage for some spectacular early season dry fly action. However, don’t be fooled by the clear and lower than average flows; many of our rivers are still high enough to make wading tricky. But no matter what direction you head (over the hill to the Upper Lost, out Warm Springs, down to … Read More

Fishing Forecast June 19th – 26th

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SCO customer Steve Briggs (Skooter Gardiner’s Client) caught and landed this beast of a brown on Silver Creek (6/15). Took a nymph on 5x. Battle of the nerves (at least for the guide), but Steve won in the end. New member of the Two Footer (+) Club! Robert Frost wrote, “Nature’s first green is gold.” This is certainly the case here in the Wood River Valley as we await the spectacular Green Drake Hatch on the Big Wood. The flows on the Wood have dropped significantly over the last week and should continue to drop as we head into the … Read More

Fishing Forecast June 12th – 19th

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As predicted, last weeks warm weather brought out the Brown Drakes, and reminding us of the transience of all things, has already run its course. If you missed the action this year, be sure to put it on your bucket list for next year. The warm weather has also brought the Wood, the Upper Lost and the Salmon back up to runoff levels making them very difficult, if not down right dangerous, to fish. The Wood has doubled since the last forecast,  but is showing signs of leveling off and next weeks weather forecast is calling for cooler temperatures which … Read More

Fishing Forecast June 5th – 12th

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This is the time of year I begin to feel a bit like the legendary Paul Revere heralding the arrival of the Redcoats. Only my refrain is, “The Brown Drakes are coming! The Brown Drakes are Coming!” All signs suggest this is the week. The weather is going to be beautiful. The water temperature is right. In fact, a few bugs have already been sighted. And, except during really cold and wet years, the Drakes always make an appearance the first or second week of June. Whether you plan to camp out by the Creek and be there the first … Read More