July 7th Sun Valley Area Fishing Report
The heat persists in the Sun Valley area, but the fishing thus far has really had little effect on the fishing. There is a lot to do out there, and now is a great time to get out and catch a few while water levels are advantageous.
Silver Creek is becoming more and more of a low light fishing. Without a doubt the best fishing is right before dark. The Caddis and Spinner Falls of Baetis, PMD and Callibaetis are getting the fish to the surface. In the mornings, the fishing is also very good and the Trico is starting to take center stage. A brief Baetis Spinner Fall toward the end of the Trico action is also keeping fish looking up.
In the afternoon anglers are finding pretty decent Callibaetis fishing on the ponds and sloughs and this year, more than ever the fish in the pond are relying heavily on Midges. This will change as Kilpatrick Pond settles into a rhythm, but for now the easily adaptive Midges are a blessing despite being tricky to imitate. Hoppers are growing quickly and there is no reason not to get out there with some adult patterns on the windy days and search the shady banks and fringes of deeper pools.
The Big Wood is in full Green Drake swing right now and anglers are having a great time with this hatch. Catch rates and smiles reported by our guides are both large! Once the Green Drakes are done, expect the Big Wood to also become a morning and evening fishery. This would be a good time to begin filling your fly box with Elk Hair Caddis and Rusty Spinners. When the water drops to summer lows the Rusty Spinner can be the best fly you carry! Dave’s Hopper with a nymph dropper beneath it is a great afternoon choice.
The South Fork of the Boise is beginning to get more attention from boaters. Currently rafts are making it down the big rapid that is just below the boat ramp, and drift boats are being used cautiously is areas above and below this rapid. If you go, big foam Stoneflies and Terrestrials like Cicadas are good choices. Pink Albert flies are also a must have for you fly box anytime you visit the South Fork in the summer. The river is only open for day use this year, so plan day trips instead of camping trips.
Have fun out there are stay cool knee deep in our mountain streams!
Happy Fishing Everyone!