For my final report of the season, it's finally nice to report that everything is in top condition and the fishing itself is very strong and should stay that way for the rest of the month. It's been a strange year with high water conditions and inconsistent and often inconsequential insect hatches dominating the landscape. These problems have disappeared, though, and great angling opportunities can be had. The best fishing will be found in the afternoons or the warmest part of the day. Let's see what's in store for the rest of the month.
SILVER CREEK—In my judgment, because of the hatches now seen, it's the best time of year to fish the Creek. Both the fall Blue Winged Olive (B. tricaudatus) and the Slate Mahogany's (Paralep's) are out and the fish are on them. For the BWO a Para Lt. Olive Dun #20 works most of the time but the nymph stage is very important. Mason Beatis Nymph #18 tied specifically for this hatch can be deadly. A Para or Thorax Mahogany Dun #16 works for the latter. It's also the time Brown Trout both on the Creek and on the lower Wood above Magic start to get "romantic" notions and can be found gathering in certain locations for fall spawning. Egg patterns, Wooly Buggers and small jig type flies should turn a few heads.
BIG WOOD RIVER—Although hatches such as Beatis have been somewhat sparse, fishing has been very good using basic patterns such as Para Adams #16, Rusty Spinners #16 and Tan Gulper Special #16. I certainly can't say it was a "barn-burner" year for the Red Quill (T. hecuba) but it was occasionally seen (Broadford area) and fished successfully using a Mason Red Quill #10-12, a Mason Crippled Red Quill #12 and a Para Hares Ear #12. As it gets colder, I'm still holding out for some final activity of this big boy but as it stretches into the middle of the month, it probably will not be seen. Finally, nymphing is very deadly and Green Drake Nymphs #12 and Flashback Hares Ear Nymph #12 will take some very nice trout. Zebra Midge Pupa #16-18 can also be effective.
BIG LOST—At this point, I'd forget the upper river and head directly to the lower Lost below the reservoir, for this is the time of year it can be exceptional. The river is low. Like Silver Creek, Blue Winged Olives is the river's best hatch. When it appears, high-quality dry-fly fishing can be had. The fish aren't overly selective and a Para BWO and Para Adams #16-20 are about all you will need. Big Prince Nymphs #10-12 and Copper Johns #12 can also move some very large fish as well.
WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Both are very low but in past years, I've had some wonderful afternoons using Prince Nymphs #14-16. You might be surprised at what you will find.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE—The river is now at its winter levels (300 cfs) and although it has been fished hard this summer, it is still fishing nicely. Hoppers, Caddis and Beatis patterns will work until it gets too cold. Nymphing is always important and effective as well. Because of high water, it's been an oddball year. Let's hope some degree of normalcy is in our future. Talk to you next year.