Fly Fishing Idaho
I got out for a bit last weekend with some fellas from Cabelas on the South Fork. It was a great time. We picked up some nice fish and it got me doing a little research on the rest of the area for the fall fly fishing in Idaho.
Here is an update according to the Frenzy:
South Fork of the Snake River – Picking up decent browns on streamers (as evident by Matt Haley’s Piggie). Best times for streamers are morning and evening or if it is cloudy. Also picked up some nice cutties in the ripples on small parachute adams, midges, and BWOs. Nymphing was also effective with pheasant tails, black zebra midges, and hare’s ear.
Henry’s Fork of the Snake River – Water quality is still poor below the Ashton Dam, but the Warm River to Ashton Section has been productive. Streamers on cloudy days have been solid. Rubber legs and midge patterns nymphing. BWOs and midge patterns on top have been dandy as well.
Henry’s Lake - Lots of fisherman up there around the state park, but there are some good fish there. Go early or later to avoid the crowds. Olive and black crystal buggers have been effective as have the bead head leeches. Jason, our HLE (Henry’s Lake Expert) shows how its done.
Clearwater River – From what Jason Littlefield tells me you can just throw in a hook and catch big steelhead on the Clearwater River in Idaho. It is fishing lights out right now. If you are up for the drive you can guarantee yourself some beautiful fish. Check with the local shops in Orofino, Idaho on what to use.