Fly Fishing Report

 

Current Report as of:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The South Fork of the Boise is closed April 1st until memorial weekend.  In the past, opening weekend flows on the South Fork is 1600 CFS.  Those flows can be tough for a person wading, but great for drift boats.  If you do plan on fishing opening weekend, be prepared with a dark bodied caddis, terrestrials, pinks, streamers and nymphs.

South Fork Boise River

Current Report as of:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Midges size 20-26 Recommended patterns: Hatching midge, Griffiths gnat, Suspended midge, Para midge

BWO size 18-20 Recommended patterns: Cripple, Parachute BWO, RS2, Comparadun, CDC Dun, spinners

Terrestrials 18-12 Recommended patterns: Two toned ant, Pico ant, Pico Spider, Green Beetle, Bee, small dark stimulators.

Caddis size 14-18 Recommended patterns: Olive, Brown, tan, gray, brown/olive CDC Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Peacock Caddis

Skwalla size 10-12 Recommended patterns: Olive Chubby Chernobyl, Foam Skwalla, Black Stimulator

Streamers size 2-12 Recommended patterns:  Wolly bugger, Dalai Lama, Sculp-Zilla, Yellow Yummy

Nymphs size 12-22 Recommended patterns: Split Wing PMD, Split Wing BWO, Zebra Midge, Brassy, Red winged Prince nymph, Skwalla nymph, Pheasant tail, Caddis pupa

We are nearing the end of skwalla season, but the fish are still likely to take one if presented.  The warmer weather will produce stronger hatches during the day, but the main hatches, midges and BWOs will remain on schedule: Midges, throughout the day, BWO 11am-4pm, fish will likely key into the BWO’s if they are hatching on your section of the river. 

Small terrestrials can be great on a hot day.  Ants and spider will cover the riverbanks and shrubs, and fish will hug the banks waiting for one to fall in.  Although the caddis hatch is just starting, it is worth having a few in the box.  Crane flies are easy targets for fish, not just because of their size, but because of the wake they provide on the river.  If a fish is being snobby, try skating your fly across its face.

If all else fails, streamer and nymphs work great. 

Owyhee River

Current Report as of:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Silver Creek

Silver Creek is closed April 1, and will open Memorial weekend.

Current Report as of:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Big Wood River

Big Wood River is closed April 1st until Memorial Weekend

Current Report as of:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Boise River In Town

Midges size 20-26 Recommended patterns: Hatching midge, Griffiths gnat, Suspended midge, Para midge

BWO size 18-20 Recommended patterns: Cripple, Parachute BWO, RS2, Comparadun, CDC Dun

Caddis size 14-18 Recommended patterns: Olive, Brown, tan, gray, brown/olive CDC Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Peacock Caddis

Streamers size 2-12 Recommended patterns:  Wolly bugger, Dalai Lama, Sculp-zilla

Nymphs size 12-22 Recommended patterns: Zebra midge, Prince nymph, Pheasant tail, Hairs ear, Copper John

The warmer weather Boise is experiencing should produce nice caddis hatches that fish will key in on.  The evening is the best time to catch a caddis hatch, and if you find the fish rising to them, then you are in luck.  Midges and BWO will still make up the bulk of the hatch, and isolated pockets of water can provide rising fish.  Nymphing larger nymphs is the most productive way to fish the Boise River, and throwing streamer can also be productive.

Current Report as of:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Middle Fork/North Fork

Boise River

With the current land slide that happened further up on the middle and north forks has made the early fishing season on the river more unpredictable.  There is currently silt covering the bottom of a large portion of the river. The increasing flows will help push that silt out, but in the mean time the river may not fish very well. 

Click here for SF River flows. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv/?site_no=13190500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010
Click here for Owyhee River flow report. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv/?site_no=13183000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010
Click here for Big Wood River flows. livepage.apple.comhttp://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv/?site_no=13139510&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010
Click here for Boise River in town flows. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv/?site_no=13206000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010
Click here for NF & MF Boise River flows. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv/?site_no=13185000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

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