Fly Fishing Idaho
by Bill Mason (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)
Residents of central and southwestern Idaho are fortunate to be very close to one of the state’s best trout streams. It’s not uncommon for businesspeople from Boise to leave work and, in about an hour, get into some great fly fishing. The South Fork of the Boise, located east of Boise and north of Mountain Home, is a medium-sized freestone stream of high alkalinity and diverse and heavy aquatic insect populations. The upper section flowing into the reservoir has small trout and is not often fished. The major fly fishing action is on the two main sections below Anderson Ranch Dam.
The first section, 12 miles below the dam, is a picturesque river canyon that is easily accessed by road, and hence, often fished. Most of the 30 miles of the second section below Danskin Bridge is accessible only by boat or raft. This part of the river, called “rattlesnake gulch” by locals, demands a cautious eye for snakes. The river requires skilled boating techniques. Type of Fish : Wild rainbow trout. This trail guide covers the “where, when, and how: to fish in this region. You’ll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.
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