During the third week of August we still have a lot of great fishing opportunities, thanks to cool weather and ample water flows. Keep in mind, most August bugs are smaller and the fishing can test your skills. On the other hand, it’s a great time to toss hoppers during the heat of the day. Remember that as the water drops and warms to quickly return trout to the water.
SILVER CREEK—It is Trico time! Plan on arriving early and look for the clouds of Tricos to begin falling once the air temperature hits 65 to 70. The spinner fall is brief and intense, so be prepared with the right flies. In order to achieve the best drag-free presentation, position yourself above the rising trout and use a slack line cast to place your pattern above the fish. Be persistent and patient and you will be rewarded. Some mornings will outnumber the Tricos. Just check your waders or the underside of your tube for these diminutive brown bugs. After the morning hatch concludes, stick around for the possibility of Damsels or Callibaetis Spinners. It is also time to start searching the banks with hoppers as well as beetles and ants.
BIG WOOD RIVER—Just when the Wood had fallen into the August rhythm of fishing best early and late, a cold front shook things up. Expect this typical pattern to return as the week progresses. In the mornings, some Tricos are beginning to appear along with Baetis, small cream colored Crane Flies, micro caddis, occasional Pink Alberts and Rusty Spinners. Look for sipping fish in the slow, shallow tail outs of runs or along the seams of fast water. You will also find active feeders hanging off the drops at the head of the riffles. As the day heats up, probe the shallow rifles with hoppers and small nymphs. Look for the caddis to return in the evenings.
WARM SPRINGS AND TRAIL CREEK—These creeks are getting low but still fishing well if you exercise stealth. Fish and Game stocks around the bridges and anywhere the rivers near the road. If you wish to seek wild fish, just leave the beaten path and explore.
UPPER BIG LOST RIVER—The water has dropped and the entire river is fishable. The fishing is following the same pattern as the Wood being best early and late. Anglers are catching quality trout, yet the reports have been mixed. To be successful, just keep moving around.
BIG LOST BELOW MACKAY—With flows at 420 CFS, access is limited and wading can be a challenge. But if you do decide to make the trek, the fishing is best during the pleasant times of day. After the morning hatch the fishing can really slow down.
SALMON RIVER—Boaters are still finding success on the lower river and if you choose to wade fish, there are plenty of pull offs to park your car. For flies, take large attractors and standard beaded nymphs. Also, the Spruce Moth is now a major player and can provide excellent dry fly fishing.
SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE—The flows are holding steady at 800 CFS making wading your best option. Expect to find caddis in the late afternoons into the evenings as well as and Pink Alberts and Flavs. Also, nymphing can be a good option when no bugs present. You might try ripping a streamer through some deeper runs in search of a Bull Trout or an aggressive Bow.
LOCAL PONDS—Penny and Lake Creek ponds along with Gavers Lagoon have been stocked and make great locations for a family fishing picnic.