Picabo Angler

Pee-Ka-Boo is a Native American word meaning "Shining Waters."

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May 7, 2017 - Top Ten Books

May, 7, 2017

Stream Keeper’s Top Ten “Must Read” Books

(In No Particular Order)

Over 30 years your Stream Keeper accumulated an extensive library of fly fishing, entomology and fly tying books. However, the space limitations of trailer life forced me to jettison the bulk of my collection. My current focus is on fly pattern books and entomology reference works. If I were required to clear the shelves to just ten books to read this season, it might be the following:

Learning from the Water, Fishing tactics & fly design for the toughest trout, Rene Harrop

Tying & Fishing Soft Hackled Nymphs, Allen McGee. Even BETTER, Allen’s new book, Fly Fishing SOFT HACKES: Nymphs, Emergers and Dry Flies.

Western Mayfly Hatches, From the Rockies to the Pacific, Rick Hafele & Dave Hughes

Mayflies, An Angler’s Study of Trout Water Ephemeroptera, Malcolm Knopp & Robert Cormier

Caddisflies, Gary LaFontaine

Mastering the Spring Creeks, A Fly Angler’s Guide, John Shewey

Selective Trout, A Dramatically New and Scientific Approach to Trout Fishing on Eastern and Western Rivers, Doug Swisher & Carl Richards

Hatches II,  A Complete Guide to Fishing the Hatches of North American Trout Streams,  Al Caucci & Bob Nastasi

Tying Emergers, Jim Schollmeyer & Ted Leeson

Micro Patterns, Tying & Fishing the Small Fly, Darrel Martin

Tricos, A Practical Guide to Fishing and Tying Tricorythode Imitations and Related Patterns, Bob Miller

The Art of Tying the Wet Fly & Fishing the Flymph, James E. Leisenring & Vernon S. Hidy, 1971

A River Never Sleeps, Roderick Haig Brown

Spring Creek, Nick Lyons


            Usually, by now the White Pelicans have arrived in force on Silver Creek and area waters. Last season, on this date there were over 50 pelicans down in the Picabo valley and along the creek. I ran them off the Double R several times but they returned every day. Last year, Idaho Fish & Game funded a temporary position for a “Hazer” to dissuade pelicans from forage flights on Silver Creek. As I mentioned, due to some medical issues I will not be able to make it to Picabo until the beginning of June. So, I personally can’t haze the Pelicans. If any Member is down in the Picabo area, I am requesting that they drive the ranch road and scare off the Pelicans.

Doug Andres

Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch