March is finally here and the fishing has been outstanding. A combination of ideal weather conditions and a trout’s need to pack on calories before spawning creates great winter fishing conditions.
The Creek is now closed for the season and will open again on Saturday, May 23rd. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public comment on a number of possible changes the agency is considering. One specific change up for consideration is to make all of Silver Creek catch-and-release. To collect input from the public, Fish and Game is hosting a series of open houses throughout the region. The Wood River Valley open house will be held from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9, in rooms 201 and 202 at the Hailey Community Campus, at 1050 Fox Acres Road in Hailey.
Big Wood River
The Wood is on fire! The midge hatches have exploded over the past week and fishing has been excellent. On calm days, expect two or three hours of dry fly fishing starting about noon. Griffiths Gnats, Trailing Shuck Midges, and even parachute ants should fool the aggressively feeding fish. On the windy days, nymphing will be productive from about 11:00 to 4:00.
Big Lost River
The Big Lost has been fishing very well lately. Expect to see midge hatches in the middle of the day and be prepared to nymph if the fish aren’t up on top.
South Fork of the Boise
The South Fork has been hit or miss over the past few days but it might be well worth the drive if you time it correctly. Look for calm days on the South Fork to produce the best fishing. As always, if the fish aren’t on top be prepared to nymph. Midge Nymphs, Princes, and Copper Johns are all worth trying.