Beautiful fall days look to be descending upon on us for the next week or so. Day time highs reaching the mid 70â€™s will mean the best fishing will be found in the afternoons and early evening. Morning anglers will find some fish, but the heat of the day is really going to turn the bugs on.
The Creek is still producing, especially with the Callibaetis, but the windows keep getting smaller and smaller. Mornings are brisk and cool with some surface activity taking place, but the late morning to early evenings seem to be the best time to be on the water. The coming week means perfect conditions for the Mahogany Dun, so be ready for big numbers of this insect!
Big Wood River
The Wood had been outstanding with the recent cooler and cloudier weather. Red Quills and Baetis have got the fish looking up and they are taking a great assortment of flies. The fish continue to keep themselves spread out, so do not avoid any particular water type. Some of the shallowest water is currently holding some of the biggest fish! Once things warm up look for plenty of insect activity, 2:00 p.m. and later seems to be the best time of the day. With the setting sun, also be ready for some heavy Midge activity. This bug is generally ignored by the trout until winter time, but as they try to fatten up for he spawn they will pay more and more attention to these tiny insects.
Upper Lost and Copper Basin
Low water means easy access up and down these rivers and there are still plenty of nice fish to catch and few anglers fishing them. It is easy to go all day up here without seeing another person. There is still a lot of walking to do between pools, but hey â€“ how often do you get miles upon miles of blue ribbon trout streams all to yourself? If you go; take plenty of your favorite attractor patterns and be ready for the Fall Baetis with the Gulper Special!
Big Lost River
Little Baetis and some Trico action can be found in the slower runs on the river, but nymphing right now is the way to go, especially with the Kokanee getting ready to redd up and drop some eggs. Red nymphs are a great way to go almost anytime on this river.
South Fork of the Boise
The river is running at 600CFS, kind of a push between wade fishing and drifting it. The upper sections would be easy floats, but below Indian Rock can be way to boney at this flow. If you go, Hoppers, small Attractors and Pink Alberts are on the menu.