Fishing Report: May 6, 2013
South Fork of the Boise RiverPlease remember that the South Fork of the Boise River is now closed until Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25th.
Owyhee River(140 cfs) - We are finally getting some warm weather, so warm weather bugs are right around the corner. Continue to look for a good midge hatch in the morning and evening. On the cooler, cloudy days, look for a solid Blue Wing Olive hatch, followed by an early evening caddis hatch. Keep an eye out for the start of the Pale Morning Duns and some fisherman are reporting that they are seeing a few Yellow Sally's, as well. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing are always a given. A dark streamer swung through a riffle can be deadly. A caddis pupa, followed by a smaller,standard nymph can also be productive.
Recommended Flies: #18/20 Blue Wing Olive, #20-22 Hanging Midge, #20-#22 Zebra Midge, #6 Zuddler, #14/16 Dirty Bird, #18/20 Pheasant Tail Nymph.
Boise River (in town)(794 cfs) - The Boise is being...odd? With the water fluctuating between 700-800 cfs, we are getting to the point where the wading access is becoming more difficult, so be careful out there. That being said, if you are willing to walk around and try a few different spots, there is still some fishing to be had. Try nymph fishing a large caddis pupa, or Hare's Ear, followed by a smaller Pheasant Tail, or zebra midge. In some of the slower, peripheral water you may still see some Blue Wing Olives, as well as some caddis in the early morning and evenings. Streamer fishing can also be a good bet with the higher flows.
Recommended Flies: #14/16 Nitro Caddis, #16/18 Copper John, #18/20 Pheasant Tail, #16/18 Elk Hair Caddis, #16-22 CDC BWO Biot Dun #8 Brown Woolly Bugger, #2 Olive/White Dolly Llama.
Stillwaters & LakesMany of the reservoirs are starting to be an option. If the white-capping, face-burning wind will let up, the fishing should get good. However, it may be like shooting fish in a barrel in some spots this year as many of the reservoirs do not have a lot of water. Look for the fish to move into the shallows to gorge themselves on leeches and chironomids. Try a slow sink line with a leech, or a baitfish pattern with a large midge in tow. Many of the high alpine lakes will still need a month or so, but some of them, in the lower elevations, may be accessible a little earlier than normal.
Recommended Flies: #8 Semi-Seal Leech, #8 Stayner Ducktail, #8 Mohair Leech, #12 Chironomids , #2 & #8 Magic Perch, #8 Belly Bead Leech, #2-6 Clouser Minnows.