To date, the August fishing has been true to form with the best fishing coming early and late, but already there is a hint of fall in the air. The days are getting shorter and the morning temperatures are cool enough to require a light jacket. The fish are keenly aware of this change and should begin feeding with more desperation as August transitions into fall. The hopper fishing continues to improve on all our rivers. While the Tricos are beginning to wind down on Silver Creek, they are really just getting started on our freestones and tailwaters.
SILVER CREEK—The morning hatch on the Creek is a mixed bag of insects including Tricos, Baetis, Callibaetis and PMDs. But the intensity of the Tricos is waning and the other bugs can show or not depending on the day. When the hatch is done, it is time to start tossing hoppers to all those possible hiding places. Of course, beetles and ants are also a good option. The afternoon Callibaetis will pick up as well and this is one of those hatches that the wind has very little impact on. This bug is easily identified when it is bouncing just above the water. The evenings can also be hit-or-miss. In the twilight before dark expect to see micro caddis, PMDs and Baetis.
BIG WOOD RIVER—The Wood continues to fish well. We seem to have avoided the typical August doldrums and are already transitioning back to an all-day fishery. In the morning, Tricos can be found in certain stretches of the lower along with Baetis, Micro Caddis and Rusty Spinners. If the bugs disappear as the day heats up, this is the time of year when hoppers and ants can really save the day. The evening is still holding steady with good numbers of caddis and eager trout.
WARM SPRINGS AND TRAIL CREEK—These creeks are skinny but still fishing well. Fish and Game stocks around the bridges and anywhere the rivers near the road. To find wild fish, leave the easy access points and explore.
UPPER BIG LOST RIVER—The reports from this area are a mixed bag. With the upper reaches getting low, you will be better off fishing the main stem. The cold mornings will be slow. Expect the fishing to pick up around midday. To be successful, just keep moving around to find the fish. These fish are opportunistic feeders and will usually give an attractor dry fly a try, but they may only give you one chance.
BIG LOST BELOW MACKAY—With flows around 415 CFS, access is beginning to open up, but wading can still be a challenge. The fishing is best early through mid-day with good numbers of Tricos, Baetis and Crane Flies. When the morning hatch is done the fishing can really slow down, but searching the riffles and deep water with nymphs can be productive.
SALMON RIVER—Fishing all along the Salmon is still good. As you travel the length of this river, there are plenty of pull offs to park your car. For flies, try large attractors, standard bead heads or buggers. Also, Spruce Moths are still a major player.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE—The flows are holding steady at 800 CFS and wade fishing is best. Expect to find caddis in the late afternoons into the evenings as well as and Pink Alberts and Flavs. Also, deep nymphing can be a good option when no bugs present.
LOCAL PONDS—Penny and Lake Creek ponds along with Gavers Lagoon have been stocked and make great locations for a family fishing picnic.