Fishing Report 5/15/24

Fishing Report 5/15/24

This is it; the waiting is almost over! On Friday, May 24th at 5:00PM, Picabo Angler will kick off Opening Day Weekend with our annual Opener Party. Rain or shine we will be enjoying music by Hillfolk Noir, refreshments from Sawtooth Brewery, dinner by the Picabo Angler Grill, raffles, and all the fly-fishing vendors coming to show the latest and greatest products. Please join us for what has become an incredibly special event. Everyone is welcome!

Right now, our local reservoirs are fishing well; the water levels are excellent, and the fish are happy. In particular, Magic has been very productive. Hint, do not forget your leech patterns.

If you plan to fish on Saturday, May 25th on Opening Day, be prepared to fish Silver Creek as it will be the only game in town for several weeks. We have had eyes on the Creek the past few weeks, so get ready as the hatches have been prolific.

The Opening Weekend Silver Creek menu will feature Baetis (BWO), PMDs, and Callibaetis. Have emergers, duns, and spinners in sizes 16 – 20. We have TONS of new and effective fly patterns in the shop designed for Silver Creek.

Ants and Beetle patterns are a must have for the first weeks on Silver Creek. These patterns, especially large Beetles, will often bring fish to the surface that are not actively rising. One of the fun parts of early season on the Creek is trying all sorts of “unusual” patterns and colors.

Brown Drakes are probably a few weeks away. With that said, no one ever truly knows when this hatch will appear, and history says have some of these patterns in your fly box from the moment the clock strikes 12:00AM on Opening Day.

There should be plenty of anglers on the Creek during the opener. Let’s be sure we celebrate the season together and treat one another like we want to be treated on the river. Keep in mind that this one weekend may be a bit busier than others, so let’s show that extra grace that we all know makes Silver Creek such a special place.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday, May 24 at 5:00PM!

Please call us at 208-788-3536 or email us at for more information.

Happy Fishing Everyone!

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