Sun Valley Fly Fishing
Sun Valley Area Fishing Report – May 14th, 2018
The countdown is on! In less than two weeks, Silver Creek opens up for the 2018 season. The creek looks great, with flows at 130 CFS and plenty of healthy fish around.
With the opener fast approaching, now is the time to stock up on essential flies. In particular, you’ll need Blue-Winged Olives, PMDs, Callibaetis, ants, beetles, and of course, Brown Drakes. We are starting our daily Brown Drake watch and anticipate seeing bugs shortly after the season opener on May 26th.
Spring is the season at Picabo Angler when all the new gear arrives! Here’s a sample of what’s new in the shop – Helios 3 rods from Orvis; Cheeky reels; rain jackets, waders, and wading boots from Orvis and Simms; Snake River Nets; gear bags and packs from Simms; fish gaiters and fly boxes from Montana Fly Company; men’s and women’s technical clothing from Simms and Orvis; leader and tippet from Orvis, RIO, and TroutHunter; and hats from RepYourWater, 208 Headwear, and Simms. Come check it out!
While most local fisheries remain closed, fishing on Magic Reservoir is really picking up. Rainbow trout, brown trout, perch, and smallmouth are being caught by savvy anglers, and a variety of flies are effective. Streamers, leeches, crayfish patterns, Clouser minnows, chironomids, midges, and small nymphs are all productive. Check out areas like Myrtle Point, the Narrows, Hot Springs Landing, and the bay at the dam.
The Picabo Angler Opening Weekend festivities are on track to be bigger and better than ever. Starting on Friday night at 5PM, we’ll have live music by Hillfolk Noir and storytelling by Hank Patterson, “your world-renowned fly fishing guide!” Sawtooth Brewery will be on hand to provide great local beers, and the kitchen staff at Picabo Angler will be preparing some of their favorite sandwiches. On Saturday, we start all over again with a free BBQ starting at 11AM. Throughout the weekend, numerous vendors and local resource agencies will be here to talk about new products and our local fisheries. It’s a great time to stop by the shop to meet our guides and staff, pick out some of your favorite flies, and cast some of the new fly rods in stock. We’ll be here rain or shine, so be sure to come see us!
Happy Fishing Everyone!