Wednesday, September 25, 2013


It’s time for my final report of the season that hopefully will carry you forward until the snow flies. Late September is normally when all of our rivers and streams are in prime condition. Unfortunately that’s not the case in 2013. It’s been an unusual year to say the least. Fighting low water condition through most of the summer, we’ve capped it off with fires, mudslides and off-color water that have lasted far longer than expected. What the spring will bring is anybody’s guess. The rest of the fall may be somewhat limited, but there are still places to fish that will be very good. Talk to you next May and in the meantime, hope for a good snowpack.  Need the water. Let’s look at what October might look like:

SILVER CREEK—The Creek will be one of the few places where great fall fishing opportunities should exist. Because of two significant hatches, I’ve always felt this time of year may be the best the Creek has to offer. Primarily afternoon fishing, hatches of the fall Blue Winged Olives (Beatis tricaudatus) and the Slate Mahogany Duns (Paraleptophlebia) make for some very fine angling. When the bugs emerge, the fish are eager to feed and some great surface and some subsurface activity can be had. A Parachute BWO #20 will work for the duns but as I have mentioned in the past, a Mason Beatis Nymph #18-20, fish just under the surface can be equal to or often preferred by the fish when feeding. A Parachute or Thorax Slate Mahogany Dun #16 works nicely when the bigger Mayfly appears. Finally, it is also the time of year when romance is in the air for the Brown trout. Beginning their spawning ritual, they begin to congregate and some monster trout can be taken using various egg patterns and Wooly Buggers. You will also see this happening in the Stanton Crossing area as well.

BIG WOOD RIVER—It is what it is. Because it has remained off color from mudslides up Warm Springs and up north of Ketchum, most everyone is writing it off until freeze-up comes in the winter. My biggest worry is what the spring runoff will bring. And that’s not so much about the fish (they are used to muddy conditions) but what effect will be to the aquatic invertebrates the fish depend on. Let’s hope for the best.

WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Warm Springs is blown out and causing most of the problems on the Wood. Trail Creek is clear but very low and can provide some nice fishing this time of year. A little Prince Nymph or Bead Head Prince #14 should do the job.

BIG LOST RIVER DRAINAGE—From here forward, the best fishing will be found on the lower river below the reservoir. Because the reservoir is low and the wind tends churn things up, you may encounter some slightly off-color water. This shouldn’t affect the fishing. One of the best hatches this stream offers will be found (mid-October prime) and the fall Blue Winged Olives will be quite prevalent. Para Adams and Para BWO #18-20 is all you need. Because water flows are low, Prince Nymphs #10-12 is very deadly this time of year.

PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK/GAVER’S LAGOON (HAYSPUR)—Some holdover planted fish still exist and a few trout can be taken using various baits and flys.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE—Off-color from mudslides but regardless it is closed to fishing below Anderson Ranch. Like the Wood, let’s keep our fingers crossed on any stream damage.

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