October has arrived and with it my final report of the 2012 season. Overall we’ve had better-than-average fishing opportunities on most of our streams. Low water and ideal weather can be attributed to most of this success. As the weather outlook seems to be much of the same, the month of October could be spectacular. I’ll talk to you next May. Have fun and be safe out there. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at what you might find:
SILVER CREEK—In my judgment, October is the best fishing month on the Creek. Afternoon hatches are plentiful, easy to fish and imitate and the fish readily are found feeding on them. Currently, we have the fall Beatis or Blue Winged Olive (B. tricaudatus) emerging. From this point forward it will increase in intensity on the Creek but also on many area streams. Para BWO #20 works well but many fish prefer feeding on the nymphs just under the surface and a Mason Beatis Nymph #18 can be deadly. Slate Mahogany Duns or “Paralepts” are also hatching and should continue for a few weeks. Thorax or Parachute Mahogany Dun #16 works well. Hopper fishing has been very effective as well. If weather stays warm as predicted, I’d include Hopper patterns in my arsenal of flies. It’s also the time that Brown Trout start to get romantic notions on both the Creek and the lower Big Wood just above Magic Reservoir. Small Wooly Buggers and Egg fly patterns can move monster fish.
LITTLE WOOD—Surprised seeing this river mentioned? It’s the time of year Blue Winged Olive is found abundantly and offers unexpected, great fishing.
BIG WOOD RIVER—The river has been flowing at a perfect 150 cfs, so the fishing has been great and should continue until the snow flies. It’s never an overwhelming hatch, but the Red Quills (T. hecuba) is seen and the fish are on them. It doesn’t take much and because of the large size of actual fly itself, imitations such as a Mason Red Quill #10-12, Mason Red Quill Cripple #10-12 and a Parachute Hares Ear #12 can be fished for at least the next couple of weeks. We’ve also seen are Chocolate Duns (Serratella tabilis), and a Slate Mahogany Dun and a Para Adams #16 should turn a few heads. Beatis is always around and Para BWO #18-20 does nicely. As the weather gets cooler, nymphing becomes more important. Green Drake Nymphs #12, Prince Nymphs #12, Zebra Nymphs #14-16 and Copper Johns #12-16 can be very effective.
WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Waters are very low and with everything else in prime shape, I would probably give them a pass.
BIG LOST DRAINAGE—The upper river is running exceptionally low but it is the lower portion below the reservoir that now gets my fullest attention. The Blue Winged Olive is a big and maybe it’s most important hatch of the season and it can be fished at least through Halloween. Para Adams #16-20 and Para BWO#16-20 is all you need for success. In addition, Prince Nymphs #10-12 and Copper Johns #12 can always find some very significant fish.
PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK/GAVER’S LAGOON (HAYSPUR)—Until they freeze over, holdover fish will be available using bait or flies.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE—Running quite low at 300 cfs, the fishing and wading are at their season best. Pink Albert’s should be waning but Caddis and Hoppers in the afternoon should find a great deal of fish.