Sun Valley Area Fishing Report – May 15, 2019


Sun Valley Area Fishing Report – May 15, 2019


In just under two weeks, Silver Creek and other local fisheries will open up for the 2019 season. Here in the Wood River valley area, we have been fortunate to have several winters with a healthy snowpack and resulting good flows in our rivers. The 2019 season is shaping up to be a great one! If you haven’t made plans to come out here and fish Silver Creek, the Big Wood River, the Salmon River, or the Big Lost River, do so now!


When the season opens on May 25th, don’t expect solitude if you plan to fish Silver Creek. With all freestone rivers running high and dirty, Silver Creek will be our most prominent fishery for several weeks. While the creek will certainly be popular, plenty of water is available for all anglers. Remember to “be kind, stay kind!”  


For Silver Creek, be sure to have a good selection of BWOs, PMDs, Calibaetis, ants, and beetles, and don’t be afraid to throw a streamer or mouse pattern during low light conditions. Here at the shop, we’ve got plenty of new, custom patterns on hand. 


We’ll start our annual Brown Drake watch at the opener. Keep your eyes on our fishing report and social media for up to date Drake info!


As of this writing, the Big Lost River below Mackay remains fishable at 329 CFS. Don’t make the long drive (Trail Creek Pass is still closed) without checking stream flows first. Above 350 CFS, wading on the lower Lost becomes quite difficult. Look for good midge and BWO activity in the afternoons and be equipped with your favorite tailwater nymphs such as zebra midges, copper johns, and princes. 


The Picabo Angler Opening Weekend festivities begin on Friday, May 24th at 5PM. Again this year we’ll have live music by Hillfolk Noir and storytelling by Hank Patterson, “your world-renowned fly-fishing expert and guide!” Sawtooth Brewery will be on hand to provide great local beers, and the kitchen at Picabo Angler will feature a great dinner. On Saturday, May 25th, be sure to stop by the shop for great new gear and flies, and say hi to all of us at Picabo Angler. Throughout the weekend, numerous vendors and local resource agencies will be here to talk about new products and our local fisheries. We’ll be here rain or shine, so be sure to come see us!


Peace, Love, And Fly-Fishing!

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