The Owyhee River

The Owyhee River:

Finding rising fishing first thing in the morning is rare. Midges (size 18-22) will be the hatch to bring up an early morning fish. You can also try throwing small terrestrials when  searching for morning rising fish. The BWO (size 18-20) will begin to hatch in the afternoon. The fish start to rise to emerging BWOs before the hatch really becomes present. This hatch will remain until late in the evening with fish rising everywhere. Always be ready with plenty of BWO patterns.

PMDs (size 16) and the March Brown (size 16) can be seen near the end of the day; however, the hatch is sparse on both accounts. Both were spotted on the lower sections of the river. If you happen to be staying late, it’s worth having a few patterns on hand.

Nymphing small zebra midges (size 18-22), split-case PMDs (size 18-20), split-case BWOs (size 18-20), soft hackles, perdigons, pheasant tails, and blood worms in small sizes can do the trick. Streamers can be a fun way to approach the river. It seems like everyone has a go-to streamer pattern they love on the Owyhee. We recommend Skulp-zilla, Dalai Lama, buggers, and really any yummy looking fish pattern.

South Fork & Middle Fork of the Boise River

South Fork Boise River

Flows are around 2,000 CFS; this means you can easily spend a day floating the river. Fishing has been tough on the water.  Nymphing with larger stonefly nymphs can be key, with a smaller dropper fly.

A dark-bodied caddis (size 14-16) always pops off early in the year, and often the fish will not be keyed on them until later in the day. If you are throwing a dry, adding a dropper caddis is not a bad idea.

Fish the evening!!! Get on the water when the sun is low in the canyon and it’s hard to see downstream. Having a darker stimulator at this time can really be in your favor, while still fishing close to the bank. Also, there is a type of caddis called a traveling sedge (size 10-12) that hatches just at the “witching hour” (close to dark) that will bring fish up. This is a fly that you can move on the water…like skating the fly, but subtly.

If you decide to fish the canyon, be sure to have a few pinks (size 14-16) on you. Further downstream it is common to see fish sipping on pinks, though you may just have the urge to pitch a large fly, and the bigger stimulaters will work.  We recommend adding a pink dropper for the fish keyed on to them, or a caddis.

The Boise River

Boise River in Town:

The Boise river through town is currently running around 2,000 CFS. This is a high flow for walking and wading. River flows are still strong and can be considered unsafe. Once flows drop to around 800 CFS is when we suggest you can start the wading. Typically flows drop near the end of the summer. We offer floating trips this time of year on the river through town if you can’t wait for the flows to drop.

Silver Creek

Silver Creek:

Brown Drakes (size 10-12) are hatching. The evening hatch takes place around sunset, and is quite the event. 

PMDs (size 16-18) start your day on the creek. Fish can be found rising in the mornings. We recommend a few patterns, including a full hackled adult, CDC winged adult, cripple pattern, emerger, RS2, and even the looped-wing emerger to entice a fish to take.

As the day warms up, we notice a lack of rising fish. However, fish can still be caught on the surface with a medium-sized terrestrial like a beetle (size 12-14) or a larger ant (size 12-14). When throwing terrestrials, be sure to provide a long drift, especially in deeper water. When nothing seems to be coming up, a nice long drift in the deeper water can sometimes surprise you with a hungry trout. A few Caddis (size 12-14) can be seen fluttering around.


Small Creeks:

Most small creeks will be blown out due to run off. However, there are always those really small desert creeks that hold red-band rainbow trout. Spring is the best time to fish those creeks as it is still too cold for the rattlesnakes.

Duck Valley

Duck Valley:

Fishing is fantastic. Buggers (size 8-12) of all kinds can attract hungry trout, and be sure to trail off a small damsel nymph (size 12-14) to get the fish that are after those.  This is a great time to fish, as the cooler weather has kept the water temperatures down; however, with warmer temps the bugs are going crazy. A floating line will work, but an intermediate line can bring you far more success. Play with depths – sometimes counting to 30 can really change your success rate.

Bass & Warm Water Fishing

Warm Water Fishing:

Carp fishing is on. If you have the ability or desire to search for these huge fish, now is the time. Carp can be found milling around shallow flats on the Snake River, and even in local ponds and ditches in the towns surrounding Boise.  Small, drab crawfish patterns work well, along with black, olive, or brown buggers with no weight added to them. The idea is to be as stealthy as possible when presenting your fly.

Recognizing carp behavior can keep you from going insane. Targeting a feeding carp will drastically improve your odds of catching one, rather than targeting a sunning carp. That being said, a sunning carp has been known to feed on occasion. Still, carp behaviors are key…know them and approach the fish accordingly.

Carp flies include, but are not limited to buggers, crawfish, nymphs, squirmy wormy flies, blood worms, egg patterns, terrestrials, and caddis in the typical sizes. Knowing your locations will help us to determine what size of fly to recommend.

Sunfish will hit almost anything they can fit into their mouth. Some of these fish will be more likely to eat a dry fly than a subsurface fly. All of this will depend on where you are fishing. Try both and see what happens. Flies might include small ants, mayflies, spiders, and attracter flies (size 14-18).

High Mountain Lakes

High Mountain Lakes

Coming soon!