Fishing Report

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Hwy 20 in Picabo (208)788.3536

There are just over three weeks left remaining of our winter fishing season, so get out there and enjoy some March Madness!

We are thankful for the recent snowfalls (we’ll take some more!) that translate into much needed water for all of us in the Valley.

Fishing on the open portion of Silver Creek can be excellent under the right conditions. Expect to see significant midge and BWO activity during the latter part of this month. Until the bugs really get going, fishing with small leeches and streamers has been productive.

The Big Wood will come into its own during the rest of this month. Look for midge activity to steadily increase and keep an eye out for tiny winter black stones. A size 16–20 black Copper John or black Pheasant Tail is a great imitation of these bugs. Standard nymphs like Rubber Legs, Girdle Bugs, Rainbow Warriors and Zebra Midges are all highly effective. The dry-fly activity will typically start around lunchtime and last well into the afternoon hours.

There are a limited number of days to fish our tailwaters right now. The South Fork of the Boise will be closed in a few weeks, so if you want to get your casts in down there, you better go soon. The lower Big Lost River is going to be limited soon, too, although it remains open year-round; the reservoir storage space needs to be emptied so we expect flows to start increasing beyond a point of good fishing soon. All the same flies and techniques you use on the Big Wood will work just fine on the South Fork and the Big Lost.

We’ve got plenty of great spring fly patterns in the shop, so come and pay us a visit!

Happy fishing, everyone!