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South Fork of the Boise River Fishing Report

Ryan Sand with a nice rainbow.

Went and spent a day on the South Fork over the weekend with a few friends and managed to pick a great day to be on the water. The weather was as good as you could ask for being a February day. Started off in the morning in the mid 30's and worked it's way into the mid 40's by late afternoon. Light snow showers early followed by a few light rain showers throughout the day. The majority of the day was overcast with shots of blue sky poking through every so often. These days with overcast conditions can make for your better fishing days.

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Boise River Fishing Report

Fished the lower river below Eagle and all I can say is I am glad it was a nice day because the fishing was just that fishing not catching. I searched out some water that I had not ran a fly through before in hopes of finding some new glory holes. Can't say that I hit gold but I can say that there is some extremely nice winter holding water and great banks to run nymphs and streamers through. There was nothing happening as far as surface activity. I managed to see one small fish raise his nose above water.

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South Fork of the Boise River Fishing Report

Well lets face it we are into the time of the year when you might pick the right day to have been on the river and you might have picked wrong. Although with the weather we have been having this winter good fishing or not I don't think it is probably a bad decision to be on the water. With that said if you are headed to the South Fork here are a few things to consider. First, the fish are mainly eating nymphs so have a good selection. Pat' rubber leg stonefly nymphs are a must on this river. I like this pattern for two reason.

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Boise River Fishing Report

Spent about half the day yesterday fishing some of the lower river through Eagle. We have been having some pretty awesome weather this winter, and it has made for almost a spring feel out on the water. If you are going to hit the Boise river in town you should focus your efforts on nymphing and streamers. The Boise is a river that is going to fish or it isn't. I found only a couple fish willing to sample my fly, however they were nice wild browns. Beautiful fish! The Boise has a good number of caddis on it so most caddis nymphs are going to work well.

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Boise River Fishing Report

Well now that the steelhead madness is gone you can focus back on the resident trout that call the Boise river home. The Boise river is a great nymphing river so if you rig up a wooly bugger and drop a small midge, caddis, pheasant tail, or hairsear you are more than likely going to find fish. If you stick to the easy access spots and bridges you should find your way with plenty of stockers. However if you put on your exploring boots and go find some water you haven't fished before I think you will suprise yourself with some quality wild fish.

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South Fork of the Boise

Spent the day on the South Fork yesterday and it was a great day to be on the water. There were a fair number of BWO's out starting around noon and picking up some until about the 3' o'clock hour. There were fish up on them but very sparatic and mainly smaller fish. With that said between the three of us fishing we were throwning rubber leg stone fly nymphs with small #16 pheasant tail droppers and streamer fishing black leech patterns. Nothing was fishing fantastic, however both set ups were very consistent.

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Steelhead

Been hitting the river for a few hours each day. I have found that small trout nymphs such as prince, pheasant tails, and hairsears have been taking fish the past few days. Sizes #14-#16. Makes for a tough land but I think you will find yourself hooking up a little more if you run some standard fair through the runs instead of just the bright streamers and eggs.

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Boise River Fishing Report

Went out for a good part of the day chasing the chance at some stocker steelhead. Hook a few but unfortunately nothing came to the net. But the beauty of being on the Boise is we still managed to touch a few trout. Over all fishing was pretty slow today. A few BWO's out and some midges. As far as the steelhead it sounds like the stocking is over for the year so it's time to search out those few heads that got pushed around the river!! Tight Lines!

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Boise River Fishing Report

Took a few hours to myself and fished a strech of th Boise river by my house today. The BWO's were out and the fish where on them well. I was fishing a parachute pattern (#18) with a cripple pattern dropped behind it (#18). There were enough heads up I probabaly didn't need both flies but each pattern seemed to find it's mark on a handful of fish. Most fish were in the 12"-14" range, but managed to poke a couple in the upper teens. It's a good time of the year to catch some nice fish in town. The lower river below Glenwood holds good populations of adult browns and bows.

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Fall Fishing on Boise's South Fork

South fork of the boise- there are still plenty of fish to be had on the surface and will be throughout the winter. BWO, beatis, and midges are going to make up your dry fly selection. Fish these patterns in sizes 18-22. If you want your best chances at hooking up you need to be nymphing. A rubberleg stonefly (sizes 4-6) and a dropper (hairsear, pheasant tail, caddis, sizes 12-18) this set up is deadly year round. This time of the year they really key on the nymphs do to the lack of bugs on the surface. Throw streamers, throw streamers, throw streamers.

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