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

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Brown Drake Update #10

The strangness of this years Brown Drake hatch continues. The hatch has already arrived at Point of Rocks and the Willows. Expect it to linger there through the weekend. The lower reaches of the Creek near Picabo Bridge have very few bugs today. Expect short lived activity in that area. To see the show, be from the Hwy 20 Bridge down through Point of Rocks. With the hatch at it's upstream terminus, this will be our last report on the Drake this week. We'll pick it up again after the weekend if there are still bugs around. Fish upstream, fish hard, have fun and stay kind!


Brown Drake Update #7

Lucky number 7! Last nights cold produced little to no action on the Brown Drake. A warmer day has our hopes up for a special night tonight. Rest assured we are back into the 80's on Sunday and Monday. With enough radiant heat warming the water, there is still a 50 / 50 chance tonight could produce the first true wave of Drakes!


Brown Drake Update #6

Brown Drakes continue to trickle off from Point of Rocks downstream to Picabo Bridge. The inclement weather has cleared and the wind is blowing today. This should change things drastically. Expect a big event the next few nights. If today's wind quits tonight should be good. If not, the weekend should be a slam dunk. Get down here early and enjoy the sunset! Please remember - BE KIND!!!


Brown Drake Update #5

Things change fast during the Drake! The tail end to a small emergence is happening right NOW! The grass has quite a few Drakes in it, so things must have started at first light today with the passing of several big thunderstorms. We can expect a small spinner fall tonight on the lower reaches of the river near Picabo Bridge.


Brown Drake Update #4

We saw exactly ZERO Drakes last night. The bands from a very strong storm rolled into the Silver Creek Valley, just as things should have been ramping up. Looking at the weather, the weekend should produce some action. Sunday is supposed to be the hottest day, but Friday and Saturday don't look bad. With that said, we'll still be on the water tonight having a look around. Watch the weather, especially the temps and hopefully we see you this weekend!


Brown Drake Update #3

The Drakes have arrived! Last night we saw a handful of spinners about an hour before sunset. Only a few fish came to the surface, but now that the train has left the station, there's no going back. Tonight, may or may not be a good night depending on today's storms. Keep an eye on the weather and watch the report here. If the storms clear early, it could be an epic night...if they linger then think about the weekend and the rest of this week! The weekend weather looks good for the Drake!


Brown Drake Update #2

Not yet...cooler days and evenings were the norm from Saturday night through today. The sun is out again today and the temperatures should stay up as we approach the weekend. This bodes well for the Drake in the Picabo reaches of the the river. We will be out there tonight, so feel free to check with us in the morning, or watch the blog! 


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.