“There is…one constant in all types of fishing, which is: The time the fish are biting is almost but not quite now.” ~P.J. O’Rourke
Fishing is certainly about timing. Rivers drop and clear according to the seasons. Hatches start and end in a cyclical fashion as well. Often anglers hear the refrain from those fisherman who came before, “You should have been here yesterday.” Or sometimes they say that the fishing will definitely be better tomorrow. In my mind there is one constant in fishing. Here it is: The fishing is always good if you are there to experience it. So get out there and experience some of the best summer fishing of the season.
The cooler temps have really helped the Creek. There are good numbers of fish throughout the S-Curves and Kilpatrick Pond area and the Tricos have begun to make their early morning appearance. As of yet, the spinner fall has been brief and inconsistent, but should continue to build momentum. Watch the air temps; once they hit about 60 degrees the Tricos will begin to fall to the water. Always, be prepared with Callibaetis, PMDs,and Baetis patterns as well, as sometimes these insects are the main focus of the feeding fish. We have the best selection of Rene Harrop’s spring creek dry flies in the valley, so drop on by before you head down.
THE BIG WOOD
The Drakes are mostly done on the Wood, but you may see a few around in the upper reaches of the river. The heat wave is over and the daily thunderstorms may add a touch of color to the river now and again. The good news is the river is clearing much quicker than last season. Now that the Drakes have basically run their course, the Wood traditionally goes into a slight lull as we wait for the other bugs of summer to pick up steam: PMDs, Pink Alberts, and Caddis. Still, anglers can find good success searching the likely water with dry dropper rigs. Use high floating Orange or Yellow Stimulators, or your favorite attractor dry, followed by a Bishop’s Dynamite, Rainbow Warrior, Pheasant Tail, or Prince Nymph in a size 18 or 16.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE
There are Stoneflies and Cicadas throughout the river. It is time to toss big bugs at the bank. Flows are back down to 1,600 CFS, a perfect level for drift boats. If the big bugs aren’t turning fish, try a dropper or stop and work the riffles over with nymphs. Try Rubber Legged Stones and other traditional stonefly patterns, as well as San Juan Worms, Caddis Larva, beaded PTs and Zebra Midge for the best results. Swinging a streamer is also a good idea and may result in a good size Bull Trout.
It is time to take the family to Lake Creek, Penny Lake, or Gaver’s Lagoon. All the ponds have been stocked and will receive regular stockings throughout the summer season. Whatever style of fishing you want to do, we are your headquarters. So drop on by before you take your family fishing and we will make sure you have the right gear to be successful.
The river is very low for this time of year but there is still time to float before it gets too low. You can expect to see good numbers of PMDs and Yellow Sallies during the morning. A Yellow Stimulator in a size 14 is the perfect match. Walk and wade fishing in the upper river around Stanley is another good option. The Chinook season is now closed on the Upper Salmon, but you can still see these majestic fish holding in the deeper runs.
BIG LOST BELOW MACKAY
The flows are starting to drop. Once the flows are in the 300 range it is the river will be ready to fish.
UPPER LOST- COPPER BASIN
The flows are improving rapidly and opening up new water daily. Remember, the key to success on this water is mobility. Keep moving and keep searching. There are some quality fish being caught for those who stay on the move and cover a lot of water. For flies, size 12 and 14 Stimulators and Parachute Purple Haze have been best. Standard beaded nymphs are productive and tend to attract the occasional large Whitefish.
South Fork of the Boise