Labor Day Weekend is already here but unlike past years, we're still struggling with water conditions not normally seen during the Wagon Days Big Hitch weekend. Didn't summer start just a few weeks ago? Generally, fishing has steadily improved. We're slipping into September and I see nothing but green lights ahead. As water levels continue to inch downward (I can't believe I'm still saying this on this date), more and more fish that have remained hidden and haven't seen a fly for most of the year, will be exposed. The results should be nothing short of great. Let's see what the holiday weekend has in store.
SILVER CREEK—We're still in the "in-between" stage of hatches and as a result, fishing has been decent but very spotty. In other words, you have to work at it. Beatis spinners are still about but success reports are scattered. A Mason Quill Beatis Spinner #22 does the job. On occasion, Callibeatis spinners have been fished in the floating sections and a Partridge Spinner #16 will move fish. Probably one of the most consistent results comes with fishing Hopper, Ant and Beatle imitations of your choice, especially if there is a breeze or freshening wind. As we move into September, things will improve with the anticipated arrival of Callibeatis Duns in the pond sections but for now, we just have to wait for this afternoon beauty.
BIG WOOD RIVER—Has been fishing nicely but for some of us "Older Farts", wading still has some issues. I never noticed how round the river rocks where until this year. Things WILL improve with each passing day. Although I find an abundance of small fish coming to a surface fly, many more fish in the mid-size range are making an appearance. Nothing complicated in fly patterns with Para Adams #14-16, Para Hares Ear #14-16, and Lime Sally Stones #16-18 (Alloperla sp.) all moving fish. Smallish Hopper patterns #10-14 are also getting great looks from the better fish as well. If you're looking for the bigger boys and girls, nymphing with Prince Nymph #12, B.H. Prince #12, Pheasant Tails #12-14 and Copper and Zebra John's #12 will find them. Finally, from this point forward I begin looking for the Red Quill (T. hecuba) in the afternoons. Iffy and inconsistent over the last few years, it's appearance could both make my day and my summer.
BIG LOST—Reports of fishing success on the upper river (East Fork area) are sketchy and all over the place. Some are finding a few of the bigger "Cuts" while others are working very hard for fish in general. One thing for sure, the East Fork area is fishing far better the Main Lost above the reservoir. Below the reservoir, the river is workable and the fishing is good but at 340 cfs, it is still difficult for some to wade. Nymphing is finding your much bigger fish with a weighted Prince Nymph #10-12 and Copper John's. Nice quantities of small fish (8- to 10-inch range) are being found in quiet, shallow sections and riffles using Para Adams #14-16. It's just getting around that is still somewhat difficult.
WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK/PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK/GAVER'S LAGOON—To deviate a bit and for one very obvious reason, this week I am grouping all these waters together because Fish & Game will be heavily planting all for Labor Day Weekend. Fishing should be great so have at it.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE—Success rates have been spotty mainly because of a lack of Mayfly hatch activity throughout the day. Some say there is a little. Others describe it as a barren wasteland. Go figure. Regardless, some very nice fish are being taken using various Hopper imitations thought its stretch.