Sun Valley Area Fishing Report - June 15, 2015
We are awaiting clarity on the Big Wood River, and of course the higher you go, the more you will find it. The Wood north of Ketchum is running clear, and there are plenty of enticing places to fish. We took our favorite high water Big Wood River rig, a Giant Picabo Royal Stimulator with a size 12 Beadhead Prince Nymph, and fished from the north to the south on Sunday. The fish in the clearer water up north were less willing to eat, and seemed stuck on the choice between eating a fly or getting moved downstream by the current. I was able to cross the river in a few spots, but it was treacherous. Do NOT bring your canine friends to the Big Wood just yet.
Moving down to the mid-valley the river was not wadable, and the color was off, but not so bad that it would keep one from fishing. The fish were easier to find and catch as the only holding water was the giant back eddies and deep pools.
Finally, well south into Bellevue, the conditions were the same, if not slightly muddier. If the river keeps dropping, we should have our Second Season in the Sun Valley area very soon. Expect the river to be very fishable, yet still dangerous to wade in the coming week. Please don’t take chances and do take a friend.
With the Big Wood just becoming fishable. Expect the upper Lost River system to follow along shorty. There are clear stretches now, but the volume makes it tough to find holding water without some very long walks.
Silver Creek continues to show great Callibaetis hatches in the pond sections and regular PMD activity through the S-Turns. With a return to hot days, expect the Callibaetis to dominate the midafternoons. Baby Hoppers are beginning to show up and with the Green Drake on the Conservancy waters these could be the sleeper flies this week.
The South Fork of the Boise has not shown the Salmon Fly yet, but with a hot week upon us, the skies should be turning from Blue to Orange very soon! It is still too early to guess what the fires and flood debris will ultimately do to the hatches on this wonderful river. If you go, be sure to have small Elk Hair Caddis in an 18 with a Black body.
Happy Fishing Everyone!