Hagerman, Idaho Fly Fishing Report – It’s So On!
The Malad River
Fluctuating CFS – The hatches have been on fire but not very consistent as far as clockwork goes. I am seeing BWO and midge hatches every single day and have been for a month now. The combination of wispy clouds and warmer weather have the fish in a top water frenzy. If it is catching fish on the surface you’re looking for, The Malad is your destination. A big hares ear nymph with a small bead head dropped behind it will work well. Streamer fishing has been solid as well. Try a big crystal flash pattern and you might run into a surprise trophy rainbow or yellow rainbow trout. Bring a wading stick as this is a technical river to get around in. I have asked Fish and Game to put more equally sized boulders in there but to this point I have received no response.
Recommended Flies for The Malad River in Hagerman:
#18 Para Adams, Any Baetis really, #16-#20 CDC Blue Dun, #16-#20 BWO Cripple, #18 Trailing Shuck Midge, #18-#20 Split Case Beadhead BWO, you can get these at Lost River Outfitters – ask for Zac or Chase and give them shit for never coming to Hagerman to fish, #12 Caddis Pupa, #14-#16 Tungsten Beads – Pheasant Tail, #18 Rusty Emerger, #16 Godard Caddis
The Snake River – Below Bell Rapids Downriver
Fluctuating CFS – When the river flows are low the river is suitable for fly fishing edges and eddys. You have to break this massive watershed up into a series of smaller creeks. When evaluating the water – look for little micro-systems that form ¼ mile stretches of creeks that mirror your favorite tail waters. The hatches have been OK but when they do hit they are short and furious. Typically the BWO hatches on overcast days late mornings but as safe light approaches there have been some awesome Caddis hatches!
To the contra positive. The subsurface; or bottom dredging euro nymphing techniques as I like to call them; have been yielding very large native rainbows and the occasional giant carp! That’s right, a 15 pound carp on a 4 weight, what a day! I have been using the big tungsten paired with a size 20 pupa and this has been productive. After 10 or so big takes, might I suggest a big soft tail or crystal flash pattern ripped out of the depths and who knows? You just might run across a monster rainbow or cut bow hybrid trout. If the river is running hot and high I would seek refuge on one of the 4 other area streams/creeks. If it Bass you seeking then strip buggers and poppers in the slack water. Call the shop ad ask Ricardo for tips; he has been hitting the bass and he can point you in the right direction.
Recommended Flies Snake River in Hagerman, Idaho:
#20 Tung Hares Ear, #12 Herny’s Lake Special , #20 BWO Soft Tail Emerger you can get these at Picabo Angler, #20 Zebra Midge (red, orange), #18 #20 BWO split case, #14-#16 Tungsten Pheasant Tail red, #14-#20 Micro Mayfly Nymph, Scuds
Normal Flows – The hatches have been late afternoon and evenings. BWO and midge hatches are on daily however the stunning callebaetis hatches and spinner falls are WAYYYYYY EARLY. I have been popping over on the way home from work and swinging damselfly nymphs and big callebaetis cripples with amazing success. If you are a “the drugs in the tug –er” Riley is for you. Access is easy but wading can silty so step carefully. The uppermost stretches are gravel bottom and fun for the top water enthusiasts. Try the classic dries here you never use. Royal Coachman, Adams, Purple Haze and in bigger sizes.
Recommended Flies Riley Creek in Hagerman, Idaho:
#14 Royal Coachman, #18 Parachute Dun, #16 BWO Cripple, #16 Callebaetis Cripple, #16 Rusty Spinner, #14-#16 TB Pheasant Tail, #14-#18 BWO Nymph, #16 Purple Haze, #12 Damselfly Nymph
Billingsly Creek (Little Silver Creek) – below Tupper Grade
54 CFS – Bring your float tube and walk wade it like you would the S turns on Silver Creek. Dry dropper combos with visible duns and small midges are the ticket. Float them downstream and them swing em with a start and stop retrieve. The crafty anger will throw a small terrestrial or two and fish it dirty. I have been catching more browns than I have in years past. I have also sighted some monsters – 25” plus but have been unable to confirm with any lip jewelry and a photo but mark my words, I am going to give it everything I have – The Mouse perhaps?
Recommended Flies for Billingsly Creek in Hagerman, Idaho:
#20 Trailing Shuck Midge, #20 Baetis Parachute Dun, CDC Biot Dun, #20 LC BWO Cripple, #20 Hanging Sparkle BWO, #20 Gnatalie, #16-#18 Tungsten Pheasant Tail (red), #16-#20 Micro Mayfly Nymph, #4 Shrimp, #16 Pellets 8^)…
This is my first ever fishing report so if you like it let me know in the comments if this is good, bad, or ludicrous and if you like them, I will keep them coming. The and “Beyond Hagerman” in Idaho fishing report coming this week.