Sun Valley Fly Fishing
Sun Valley Area Fishing Report - July 12, 2017
Local waters continue to clear and become slightly more fishable, while we all practice patients. The refrain we keep hearing is how little holding water there is for fish. If you decide to search through the falling waters on our local freestone streams like the Upper Lost and the Big Wood, your best bet is heavy streamers fished in the calmest water you can find. There is some limited small fly opportunity in side channels and back eddies, but be prepared to drive or walk a great deal from spot to spot. The rivers remain high and dangerous, so keep that in mind when wading and approaching steep banks.
Silver Creek continues to impress as the Trico action continues to build and move up river. This little bug is a game changer on the Creek and can be one of the most fun spinner falls an angler can fish over. Expect the action to kick in around 8:00 a.m. or whenever the air temps hit 70 degrees. The Callibaetis remains a strong hatch and spinner fall, while the afternoons are dominated by incredible Damsel Fly action. Currently there is a lull between 3:00 p.m. and about 6:00 p.m., but then the evening action starts up and last into the darkness. The Baby Hoppers are growing in numbers and size. Areas that didn’t see significant flooding are loaded with Hoppers. Once we return to blustery afternoons, we should start seeing some of this Hopper action on the surface.
The South Fork of the Boise is returning to normal, with the tail end of the Salmon Fly hatch being found on the uppermost reaches. The Cicada action picks up the further down river you go, giving anglers an opportunity to float giant dry flies all the way down the river. The Pink Alberts are also picking up steam and the smaller fish are on them. Once the big bugs are done, we can expect the bigger fish to start giving their attention to the smaller Pink Albert. A quick note on the South Fork, the Forest Service is cracking down on driftboats being launched off the side of the road at makeshift boat ramps. Be aware that this is the case, and please be polite and know these guys are just doing their jobs.
Elsewhere, there is some fishing on the Big Wood below Magic Dam. The Reservoir is also fishing well as is the Little Wood Reservoir.
Happy Fishing Everyone!