Fly Fishing Report

 

Current Report as of:

Monday, January 25, 2016

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

BWO size 18-22 Recommended patterns: Adult, RS2, Comparadun, CDC Dun, Emergers

Streamers size 2-12 Recommended patterns:  Wolly bugger, Dalai Lama, Sculp-zilla, P.B.R., Flash Fry, Sculpin patterns

Nymphs size 4-22 Recommended patterns: Zebra midge, (purple, red, green) Prince nymph, flash back Pheasant tail, flash back Hares ear, (copper, red, black) Copper John, Stonefly Nymphs, Rubber legs, Wood grub, Crystal baetis nymph

The window of opportunity to catch the BWO hatch will get shorter and shorter the further we get into winter, but the midges will be hatching all day. It will be the BWOs that will most likely bring up the fish to the surface, and they will be keyed into a variety of patterns on any given day: emergers, cripples, or adults. If you can fish on an overcast or wet day at the South Fork, you will see the the most dry fly activity with a longer window of opportunity.

We have found that the fish seem to be keyed on smaller nymphs or bigger nymphs on different days.  We always suggest to start with a bigger nymph, like a stone fly nymph, then go smaller if the situation calls for it. We have also found that the color has little effect on catching, and if you find yourself not being unsuccessful add weight to your nymph before selecting a new fly/color.

There are plenty of mean fish looking to kill a streamer, and do not be shy with switching colors. Many times the color of your streamer can make all the difference in success.  Colors to start with are: grey, olive, black, and yellow.

South Fork Boise River

Current Report as of:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Midges size 20-28 Recommended patterns: Griffiths gnat, Suspended midge, Para midge, Adult, Magic Fly

BWO size 18-22 Recommended patterns: Adult, RS2, Comparadun, CDC Dun, Emergers

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

Nymphs size 4-22 Recommended patterns: Zebra midge, Split Wing PMD, flash back Pheasant tail, Crystal baetis nymph

The midges hatching are bringing more fish to the surface, and the smaller the midge you tie on to the end of your line, the better chance you have of hooking a fish.  The occasional BWO hatch is sparse at best, and will happen at the warmest portion of the day. It is worth having a few BWO on you just in case you find a fish feeding on them. We tend to see these fish keyed on the emerging patterns of BWOs, or the lower profile adults.

Throwing small streamer patterns can be effecting on slow days.  With the low water, it can be nice to pitch out a streamer in the larger pools of deeper water. The warmer weather is melting the larger chunks of ice off the larger pools to provide fishing opportunities.  A common streamer technique used on the Owyhee this time of the year requires an ice shelf: Pitch your streamer on the ice shelf, and slowly retrieve it off the shelf and into the river. The theory is that the fish will follow it from under the ice shelf, and will eat your fly when it drops into the river.

Nymphing is the most productive way to fish the Owyhee right now.  We suggest  using stimulator flies as indicators, because an indicator will likely spook the fish when it plops down.  Also, on many occasions, even a bright colored indicator will cause a fish to come up and eat it... and you will have wished you had a hook attached to it. Smaller nymphs have been the most productive, also, you do not need much weight on them because the river is very low.

Owyhee River

Current Report as of:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Silver Creek

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

BWO size 18-22 Recommended patterns: Cripple, Parachute BWO, RS2, Comparadun, CDC Dun, spinners

The dry fly activity on the creek is  spotty at best, and if you do come across a hatch be prepared with midges and BWOs.  Nymphs and streamers will be the most productive, and if you are feeling rambunctious, pitch a mouse fly.


Kilpatrick Bridge and upstream - closed to fishing until Friday before Memorial Day

Current Report as of:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Big Wood River

Midges size 20-28 Recommended patterns: Griffiths gnat, Suspended midge, Para midge,

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

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

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

Nymphing is the game on the Big Wood River, with some bigger fish looking for streamers. Be sure to get your fly down to where the fish are for the best results.

Current Report as of:

Monday, January 25, 2016

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

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, Caddis pupa

The Boise River has been fishing quite well this winter. Nymphing is typically the most productive technique. Dredge with a  large hares ear or copper john and trail a zebra midge or caddis pupa. Certain pockets on the Boise may have rising fish keying in on midges and BWO’s. There are also plenty of steelhead around that can be caught into the spring. Try nymphing buggy grubs or egg patterns for them, or swing a small streamer.

Current Report as of:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Middle Fork/North Fork

Boise River

The road to the middle fork doesn't get sunlight in large sections, so use extreme caution if you go.  Nymphing and streamer fishing would be the way to go. 

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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