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Nate at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015

March 24, 2014 SF Boise River Report: Hard wind upriver then swirling/Overcast and a bit of rain/Sleet and snow/50 degrees

I fished the South Fork of the Boise several days in both February and March, and the one missing ingredient was fish eating at the surface. Now the fishing wasn’t bad in those two months and I was always able to grind out fish searching, but there’s just something missing when you’re not shooting small flies to targets. Well, that all changed today!! I’d gotten a bit of a late start and found myself on the river around 11:30 a.m. The wind was howling up out of the belly of the canyon,...
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Debbie at 11:00 PM on Saturday, Mar 21st, 2015

March 21, 2015 SF Boise River Report: Too sunny today!

[Note: Thank you, Al H. for this fishing report!] I ended up with 5 fish in the net, a couple wet releases and LDRs (long-distance release), and quite a few false takes Overall, nice day. I only fished from noon to 4 PM. The bugs came off pretty good considering how sunny it was, but few fish were rising to them; nice fluttery BWOs lingering on the surface and riding down the tailout. Short periods of cloud cover would induce a pulse of 3 – 10 rises and it would stop as...
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Nate at 11:00 PM on Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

March 16, 2015 SF Snake River Report: 65 Degrees/Wind downriver early/Upriver afternoon/Overcast

Day 2 Although we had a pretty good first day of fishing, we certainly didn’t own it. We hadn’t found the perfect bug yet and we only found one stretch of river where the midges were hatching. It was our intention to do a little upgrading to our game plan and hook a few more fish. We were on the water at 10 a.m. and the river looked the same as yesterday. There were zero fish feeding at the surface. We pulled into two separate riffles and “Searcher” fished with...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Sunday, Mar 15th, 2015

March 15, 2015 SF Snake River Report: Cloudy/50 Degrees/Wind downriver 10 mph)

Day 1 Mid-March would not be the same unless we chased fish on the South Fork of the Snake River below Palisades Dam. Three years in a row now, we have fished the midge hatches of March on the South Fork. One thing can always be said: It has been different each year we have fished. This year the river was much higher than normal—running at 2550cfs compared to 1000cfs of prior years. The midge hatches were much sparser, and feeding fish were harder to find. It never fails from year to...
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at 12:00 AM on Saturday, Mar 14th, 2015

March 14, 2015 South Fork Boise River Report (thank you, Al H. for this report!)

I headed to the river pretty early to get a decent spot before the crowds descended. The blog from March 7 sounded pretty good so I settled in just below Cow Creek. As usual, there was limited bug activity other than a few midges and no fish on the surface. I worked my way upstream with a Slow Stone-Brown on my tippet. I covered lots of productive water but with no results. I switched off to the Brown Olive Emperor Caddis, and still no fish to the net. So, after several hours of this,...
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Nate at 11:00 PM on Friday, Mar 13th, 2015

March 13, 2015 SF Boise River Report: Very warm, 70 degrees/Wind downriver 5+ mph/Blue sky all day

[Note: I am writing this on Saturday, March 14] I have fished the South Fork four times in a row now with virtually no hatches and absolutely no fish rising. Each of these days I have tried a selection of large bugs (Halloween Hardback #12, Black Gold #14 and #12, and the Slow Stone #10). The large bugs have produced a total of three fish, and that was on the Slow Stone Brown #10. The only fly I am “searching” with that is really catching fish...
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Nate at 10:00 PM on Saturday, Mar 7th, 2015

March 7, 2015 South Fork Boise River Report: Gorgeous 60+ degrees/Sunshine/Light wind, mostly upriver

Some days in dry fly you must be stealthy, or accurate, or resourceful, or cunning, or observant, or slow, or creative or etc….But certain days you just have to be stubborn. You have to keep your fly floating in zones of water where fish live, and you must do that perpetually. That means you’re in for a day of “Searcher” fishing, with a lot of casting and few deliveries that dredge up a fish. That pretty much defines my day today. I started my day at the Danskin Bridge with the intention of...
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Nate at 11:35 AM on Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015

February 24, 2015 South Fork Boise River Fishing Report: Bright Sunshine/45 Degrees/5 MPH Wind Upriver

The South Fork of the Boise River is fishing stubborn on a dry fly right now. The hatches are nonexistent and there are zero fish up feeding. It’s been an odd February with warmer temperatures and very few weather fronts moving over the South Fork Canyon. High pressure and blue skies over long periods of time will always have the effect that’s being felt on the river right now. Do not be disheartened because we’re approaching March which is one of the most productive time periods to fish a dry fly on the South Fork...
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