Silver Creek

Picabo, Idaho

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Internationally famous, “The Creek,” as locals refer to it, is perhaps the finest piece of dry fly water you can find. It’s also one of the largest, purest spring-fed streams in this country. Silver Creek’s abundant food supply supports numerous large trout, to which the fly presentation must be near perfect. Moreover, fly imitations must be precise in size, color, and profile. Sound challenging? It is. In the upper section of Silver Creek within the Nature Conservancy Preserve, trout and fly fishers are abundant. The Purdy Ranch section, downstream from the preserve, is private. Here the trout population is very strong, but a float tube is required to reach them. The Point of Rocks area has very big trout, though fewer in numbers than in the other sections. This is the brown drake hatch area. Bear in mind that I have tried to condense the basic information needed to fly fish all sections of this complicated water on a single page. Types of Fish: Rainbow, brown, and some brook 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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Fly Fishing Idaho

by Bill Mason (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)

Internationally famous, “The Creek,” as locals refer to it, is perhaps the finest piece of dry fly water you can find. It’s also one of the largest, purest spring-fed streams in this country. Silver Creek’s abundant food supply supports numerous large trout, to which the fly presentation must be near perfect. Moreover, fly imitations must be precise in size, color, and profile. Sound challenging? It is. In the upper section of Silver Creek within the Nature Conservancy Preserve, trout and fly fishers are abundant. The Purdy Ranch section, downstream from the preserve, is private. Here the trout population is very strong, but a float tube is required to reach them.

The Point of Rocks area has very big trout, though fewer in numbers than in the other sections. This is the brown drake hatch area. Bear in mind that I have tried to condense the basic information needed to fly fish all sections of this complicated water on a single page. Types of Fish: Rainbow, brown, and some brook 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.

©  Bill Mason/No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Picabo
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Best July-November; Fair January-March, June, & December
Topo Map: Silver Creek Topographic Map
Guide Book: Fly Fishing Idaho Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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