Want to be a better angler on Silver Creek?
Silver Creek is one of the most special places in Idaho. Few waters can rival the Creek’s abundance of insects, dry-fly eating trout, and spectacular surroundings. Many anglers consider Silver Creek the mecca of spring creek fly fishing. Even with all its accolades, Silver Creek is considered one of trout fishing’s most technical waters. Glassy currents, crystal clear waters, and frequently fussy trout often equate to anglers leaving the Creek feeling a bit frustrated. Here are a few suggestions to help you become a better angler on Silver Creek.
*Be a hunter. Adopt the skills and techniques used by successful hunters. Move slowly, quietly, and with purpose. Pay attention to your surroundings and observe your quarry. Be patient. Silver Creek is not the place for “run and gun” fishing.
*Slow it down. Leave that fast action 6-weight rod at home. Rather, fish more moderate action rods that deliver dry flies with greater delicacy and accuracy, and are soft enough to help protect fine leaders and tippets, that are often necessary on Silver Creek, from breaking off big fish!
*Watch the weather. During the summer, look for calm, cooler, overcast days. These are ideal times to encounter the Creek’s finest hatch activity. On windy days, take advantage of a little chop on the water and fish terrestrials – grasshoppers, beetles, ants, and damsels.
*Mix it up. Don’t be afraid to experiment or try something different. It’s easy to become stuck in a rut while fishing the same fly patterns and waters that every other angler is fishing. Many anglers would be surprised at how often doing something completely different and mixing up your fishing program pays off.
*Don’t be afraid of the dark. Many of Silver Creek’s largest trout tend to be nocturnal; seeking cover during bright, sunny days and feeding aggressively at night. Some of the best fishing on the Creek happens during dawn and dusk hours, as well as in the middle of the night.
*Breathe. Relax. Soak it all in. Enjoy your surroundings. There’s so much to see and experience on Silver Creek. Take the time to enjoy all that the creek has to offer. You’ll be amazed at what you see, hear, and feel. Let go of the pressure, and slow down to the speed of the Creek. This will help make you a successful Picabo Angler!