The Little Wood River

Season- Open year around

The Little Wood is probably the most overlooked and therefore under-fished river. Emerging from the south end of the Pioneer Mountains the Little Wood River meanders through picturesque meadows and beaver ponds and into the Little Wood Reservoir. From there it flows through Carey farmlands until it confluences with Silver Creek and becomes a unique ‘freestone spring creek’ in a desert environment – ideal for fly-fishing!

The upper stretches require a variety of short casting techniques where willows and deep cut-banks hold hungry rainbow, cut-bow, and brook trout. Most fish are in the 9-14 inch range. This peaceful stretch of river is a great way to relax and manages to offer excellent fly-fishing opportunities. Typical central Idaho dry flies such as Parachute Adams, Royal Wolfs, Red Humpies, Hoppers, and Stimulators work well.

Below the confluence with Silver Creek, the Little Wood holds very big brown trout and rainbows. This unique spring fed freestone creek flows through a desert environment usually best fished in June (Streamers) and then again in late September and October (Hoppers). Although fly-fishing can still be good year-round here, avoid the heat and rattlesnakes of summer time.

The Little Wood truly offers a unique and diverse fishing adventure. As an added bonus, another angler is rarely seen here. Local knowledge goes a long way here so reserving a Sturtevants Mountain Outfitters guide is certain to enhance your fly-fishing experience.