Its fall on Silver Creek, which means two things; one, that it’s going to be beautiful down there, and two; that the fishing’s going to be great all day. Expect to see size 22-24 Baetis from mid-morning well into the afternoon. More and more Mahogany Dun’s come out every day, and mid-afternoon Callibaetis abound. With the brown trout starting to … Read More
Last week I worried that the Big Wood was becoming very low and clear, now we have exactly the opposite problem; dense, dark ash, runoff from the Beaver Creek fire. It looks bleak now, but the Wood will recover. Even so, this is a good time to fish somewhere else. The fish in the Wood have had a hard run, … Read More
The Trico-swarm madness continues on Silver Creek. If you’ve never seen a hatch so dense you can hear the insect’s wings, this is your chance. Right now, the majority of the hatch is centered on the Silver Creek Preserve, with variable to weak hatches on the Double R Ranch, and the downstream stretches of the creek. There are … Read More
It’s summer. Full on, bright, hot summer. The heat brings with it some of the most anticipated hatches of the season, and the greatest variety of quality fishing. The Big Wood is best early and late in the day. Though there are Pink Albert’s Flavs, and (the first few) Trico’s hatching, this is the season for classic attractor pattern dry/dropper … Read More
We’re right in the middle of prime early season fishing on Silver Creek. Expect a mix of baetis (sometimes in substantial numbers -see attached video) and Pale Morning Dun’s. Of course the word on every Silver Creek fisherman’s lips is “Trico’s”. There’s a few around (not many yet), but if our HOT temperatures they could show up any day now … Read More
Free weekly Fly-Casting Clinics with Sturtevants & Sun Valley Mountain Guides every Tuesday night all summer! All abilities welcome! Come for an introduction to fly casting or work to perfect your arc with Sun Valley Mountain Guides’ fly-fishing experts. Tuesday nights 6-7pm, Atkinson’s Park in Ketchum. No pre-registration required, bring your rod or use one provided.
We’re off and running as this past weekend marked the official opening of fishing on Idaho’s rivers and streams. The report from Silver Creek was quite positive with decent pmd hatches and fish rising to pmd patterns and beetles. Warm Springs fished well with stonefly nymphs and even fish taking dry patterns such as parachute adams. While the Big Wood … Read More
The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that entropy in the universe is ever increasing. Nowhere is this truer than fly fishing. We start with a simple equation; (fisherman + fish). If only it ended there. Quickly, we add more and more variables: water, wind, weather, insects, and on and on, all the way to the subtle push of an emerging … Read More
A bit of fish porn for you today – Steelhead caught on the Salmon River in Idaho by Sturtevants Mountain Outfitters’ Fishing Guide Jim Santa, October 2012!
With Labor Day now behind us and a noticeable drop in the overnight temps it’s beginning to feel a bit more like fall. With the cooler overnight lows and subsequent cooler mornings the good fishing will continue to move to later morning and into early afternoon. The predominant hatches will consolidate into this window and with the fish sensing a … Read More