Things are still tough but the picture is clearing about future fishing prospects. Runoff is slowly coming off, good for the farmers but not so good for fishermen. We're probably going to fight higher-than-normal water for the next month. Not ideal—it is what it is. We'll live with it and make it work. Let's peek at what this week has to offer, limited as it might be.
SILVER CREEK—Your best bet but still all over the place in terms of timely hatch schedules. The Pale Morning Dun, Blue Winged Olive's (Beatis) and some Midge Pupa activity are our prime players and flies need to be carried to confront what is found in front of you, at the time. Timeliness is our main problem. Para or Cut-Wing PMD's #16, Para BWO's #20-22, Flashback and regular Pheasant Tail Nymphs #14, Black Midge Pupa #20-22 and a Partridge Spinner #16 if Callibeatis is around, should be all part of your arsenal. A few Green Drakes have been spotted in the upper end of the preserve. Very spotty at best, an occasional fish can be taken with a GD imitation. As is always the case, the Brown Drakes popped (last Monday) before last week's report and was great throughout last week. It may extend into this week but I have my doubts. Regardless, it may be worth a look-see.
BIG WOOD RIVER—Still too high and dangerous to wade and fish. Don't look for much relief for at least the next few weeks.
WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Still high and off-color.
BIG LOST—Still high above and below the reservoir. That's a bit of a surprise, especially above. I will keep you up to date.
PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Both should have enough fish for good success using bait and flies.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE—Cranking big-time (2,500 cfs) and as a result, it's not being fished and there is little to report. Remember, 1,600-1,800 cfs is a target level but will still require floating for success.