Picabo Angler

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

Picabo Angler is a destination: A full-service fly shop & outfitter located on the banks of world-renowned Silver Creek

Sun Valley Area Upland Hunting Primer!

As summer transitions into fall, it's time to start prepping for the upcoming upland hunting season. Too many hunters simply grab the trusty shotgun the day before a bird hunt, with never a second thought about preparation. But like any other endeavor, a bit of preparation before the hunting season starts will increase the odds of success, and ensure safe, fun, and productive outings. Here are a few tips that will get you ready for wing shooting season:

Move! Upland hunting often involves a good bit of strenuous activity, often at higher elevations; walking, climbing, scrabbling over rocks, etc. Getting active and into shape prior to hunting season will allow you to cover more ground safely. Hiking, walking, and bicycling are all excellent cardiovascular activities that help get you into hunting shape. Don't forget to wear a pack carrying a bit of weight, simulating actual hunting situations.

Shoot! If you haven't picked up a shotgun in a few months, shoot several rounds of sporting clays. Unlike trap and skeet shooting, sporting clays mimic the unpredictable nature of live-bird shooting, and better prepares you for hunting situations. Shooting a few rounds of sporting clays will knock off the rust and have you hitting more birds afield. 

Tune up the dog! Now is the time to get your favorite hunting partner ready for the upcoming season. A good bird dog that has been fishing or hiking all summer needs a bit of time to get back up to speed, just like we do. Seasoned, older dogs will need less of a refresher course, while young pups might need a bit more work and preparation. Here at Picabo Angler, we offer pre-season puppy training outings along with veteran dog refreshers. Call the shop at 208-788-3536 for more information. 

Be careful! A little caution is in order for both hunters and dogs. Early season upland hunting can often be warm, sometimes fairly hot, and overdoing it can quickly lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Limit activity to the cool temperatures of the early morning, have plenty of water available, and cut the sessions short. Carrying a small first aid kit can be helpful during early season hunting. Sharp rocks, cheat grass, and barb wire can all cause problems, particularly to a dog's pads that haven't been conditioned. Remember, this is rattlesnake country, so be aware!

Have fun! Don't fret if your dog bumps that first rooster or blows through a covey of chukar. You'll find more birds, and your dog will get dialed in. Take the time to enjoy your surroundings and the varied upland hunting opportunities that Idaho has to offer. Praise your the dog when he does it well! There's few things as satisfying in hunting as watching a good bird dog do its job.

Here at Picabo Angler, we look forward to upland hunting as much as fishing! Please give us a call to find out more about dog training sessions and our guided hunting opportunities. 

Safe hunting!

Silver Creek Fishing Tips!

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!



Silver Creek Access Video

Here's a series of videos on Silver Creek access points we put together last year. Hopefully this answers some questions and even helps out with the "Where Should I Go?" questions you may have prior to heading down to Silver Creek.

This video series starts with the bottom end of Silver Creek at Priest Rapids and works its way all the way upstream to The Nature Conservancy section.