Fishing Report – 06/12/24:

Fishing Report – 06/12/24:
The only consistent thing about June is its inconsistency!

The annual Brown Drake hatch on Silver Creek happened during the previous week to the happiness of local and visiting anglers. This year, like most years, the hatch was unpredictable. Rather than starting on the lower sections of the Creek and slowly progressing upstream through North Picabo Road, Point of Rocks, the Willows, and Highway 20, the Drakes came off seemingly all at once, and anglers throughout the entirety of the Creek experienced one of nature’s finest events!

Thanks to all who stopped by Picabo Angler and Silver Creek during the Brown Drake hatch; we hope you had as much fun as we did!

Silver Creek is still the name of the game locally. Look for BWOs, PMDs, and Callibaetis, as well as beetles and ants. We have so many new, exciting patterns for Silver Creek…and beyond. Come see us.

The Big Wood River is dropping, but flows in Hailey are quite high at 1300 CFS. Expect good river conditions and good fishing to happen in the next couple of weeks. We are hopeful for a strong Green Drake hatch.

The Big Lost River below Mackay Reservoir is at 600 CFS; the river at this flow is very high and swift, and fishing is not recommended. Once flows recede in late summer, the river will be in prime shape. Stay tuned.

We expect excellent fishing on the Salmon River float sections once the river comes into shape soon.

The South Fork Boise River below Anderson Ranch Reservoir is a great option at the moment. Flows remain at about 1600 CFS, and at this level the river is best fished via drift boat, raft, etc. Anglers are eagerly awaiting the appearance of the Salmon Fly. These big bugs should begin showing up towards the end of this month, and you’ll want an arsenal of big, gaudy patterns to imitate the naturals. Size 6 – 10 Chubby Chernobyls in black, purple, orange, gold, and tan are great choices, as are Sofa Pillows, big Orange Stimulators, Rogue Stones, Dancing Rickys, and Water Walkers (the same colors and sizes apply). For nymphs, it’s hard to beat a black, brown, or olive Pat’s Rubber Legs, Montana Stone, or Girdle Bug in sizes 6 – 12.

Our local stillwaters provide some fun fishing right now; try Little Wood Reservoir, Magic Reservoir, and Mackay Reservoir. Black leeches, Chironomids, and Zebra Midges are all staple patterns.

Happy Fishing Everyone!
Picabo Angler

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