With temperatures pushing into the high 80s and 90s, float tubing the Creek or wet wading the Wood is the best way to beat the heat. The fish continue to feed during the most pleasant time of the day, which in August is early and late. The morning and evening hatches this time of year can really be prolific and anglers should be prepared for selective feeders during these times. Pad your boxes with a variety smaller dries and light tippet to help turn refusals into takes. Fish can still be found during the middle of the day, but with attractor dries, terrestrials, and nymphs.
SILVER CREEK—The flows on the Creek are up. If you go in the tubing sections, touching the bottom is not as easy as it was earlier this summer. Tricos are present but are not the only bugs during the morning frenzy. There are plenty of Baetis, Callibaetis and PMDs. Be sure to have a variety of patterns to match all these bugs. Most days, Baetis will outnumber Tricos and a light colored spinner covers both. As the Trico spinner fall starts to wane, look for an occasional Callibaetis spinner or PMD. Individual fish will often switch to this larger fare. When the morning feed subsides, try Damsels. When the wind blows, shorten your leader and try your favorite terrestrial.
BIG WOOD RIVER—The Wood is dropping about 100 CFS a week allowing more access to roving anglers. The fishing is good in the morning and evening with plenty of micro caddis, Baetis, Rusty Spinners, PMDs, Pink Alberts, and small crane flies. During the hot afternoons, the bugs disappear, but the fish can still be found with hoppers, ants, and nymphs. When searching for fish during the slow periods try a small nymph off the bend a high floating Parachute pattern or a hopper and search the shallow, aerated riffles for trout.
WARM SPRINGS AND TRAIL CREEK—Both are great small stream alternatives to the high water of the Wood with good hatches and a combination of wild and stocked fish.
UPPER BIG LOST RIVER—This river system follows a similar pattern to the Wood. Flows are dropping making the main stem of the Lost more accessible and the fishing is good early and late. The reports from this area have been mixed. Some anglers are finding success while others are being frustrated. To be successful, just keep moving around to find the fish.
BIG LOST BELOW MACKAY—Keep your eye on this fishery. With flows at 470 CFS, this river is really getting close, but access is still limited and wading can be tough until it gets below 350 CFS.
SALMON RIVER—Floating this spectacular river continues to be a great option, but flows are dropping rapidly and the fish tend to concentrate around the obvious buckets. There are plenty of pull offs to park your car and search as well.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE—This river is going through its typical summer hangover after the Salmon flies. Expect to find caddis in the late afternoons into the evenings as well as and Pink Alberts and Flavs. Flows have dropped to about 800 CFS making wade fishing a good option.
LOCAL PONDS—Gavers Lagoon, Penny and Lake Creek ponds have been stocked and make great locations for a family fishing picnic.