Sun Valley Area Fishing Report - May 4, 2015
Partly cloudy with a chance of rain is in the forecast this week. This should bring about a return of heavy Baetis hatches to the Lost River. The only issue though, is the flows on the Lost have been cranked up beyond 400 CFS. This makes the access very spotty and congests the few anglers into the few fishable spots on the river. As of 5/5/2015 at 10:45 am, the flow on the Lower Lost has dropped to 291 cfs.
The upper Lost River is also coming up quickly, and mimicking the flows on the Big Wood. There may be some pockets to explore with streamers, but the fishery is not in the best shape for fishing. Perhaps the best local fishery we have right now that is open would be the Little Wood River. The Salmon Flies are on the cusp of trickling off in the desert stretch and that should bring some fish up.
All in all this week should be dedicated to a few things. The first is Reservoir fishing. Despite the closures and run-off, Magic Reservoir is producing the most consistently large fish we’ve seen on 20 or more years. If you want to break into Stillwater fishing, NOW is the time!
The second thing to look at would be ice-off on the Mountain Lakes. Start with low elevation lakes and follow the ice-off on higher lakes as we enter the warm summer months. This can be ridiculously good fishing if you can time it right!
Lastly the best thing you could be doing right now is getting ready. Opening day is only a few weeks away! Get new lines on your reels, fill your fly boxes with Brown Drakes and Stoneflies, patch your waders and get new soles on your boots! There is never a shortage of things to do to get ready. Even think about getting your vehicle ready. Fresh tires, new oil, the rod racks you’ve been meaning to get are all things to work on right now.
There is a lot of excitement about the Brown Drake this year as most anglers are holding true the notion that the hatch will again come off very early. We don’t see any reason not to concur with this train of thought. Keep your eyes on our blog www.picaboangler.com over the next few weeks as we begin to kick up some Drake nymphs and take a stab at predicting this awesome event. We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated and ready for the first big event of the season!
Happy Fishing Everyone!