Silver Creek Sunsets

The weather has been hot and the days long. So after a hard day of working a lot of us at Lunker Vision find ourselves fishing late into the evening. Most days we will just hit the Big Wood River close to home, but with recent water level drops and the heat we decided to give Silver Creek a try. Silver Creek this time of year is very productive, and difficult at the same time. With a lot of fishing pressure and such slow clear water, it is a reward to catch anything out of this creek. With hoppers in full swing in the afternoon and more hatches happening in the evening we decided to give the S turns a try in our float tubes.

Nate Farrell tries his luck on the S turns.

Nate Farrell tries his luck on the S turns.

After the light starts to fade, the fish get more and more active. Going after your standard Silver Creek flies, PMD’s, beetles, even a hopper or two in the late afternoon. The creek comes alive and with the Trico hatch in full swing it seems most hit the creek in the morning, leaving us with a peaceful evening float.

Pat Lee wrangles a nice Silver Creek brown.

Pat Lee wrangles a nice Silver Creek brown.

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Also with the light fading and the haze from nearby wildfires, the sun begins to set on Silver Creek. It seems every time we are there we witness one of these famous Silver Creek sunsets.

Nate Farrell enjoys the last of the light on Silver Creek

Nate Farrell enjoys the last of the light on Silver Creek

Anytime on the creek is time well spent, and with epic scenery all around it is easy to find yourself just floating and taking it all in rather than fishing. Its nights like these that you really see how lucky we are to live in such an awesome place.imagenatecastimage

The start of fishing season

The past few weekends the local rivers, creeks, and lakes have been buzzing with activity. Local anglers are all trying to find the fish they have been waiting months to catch. Memorial day weekend always brings swarms of people with spring fever, and that itch to catch fish. So for the past two weekends we decided to bite the bullet and disconcern the crowds of people at the river and go have some fun in the spring sun. First stop the South Fork of the Boise river, for a memorial day float.

Saturday was the first day of the fishing season and groves of boaters also decided to float, luckily I had some local knowledge and knew the best place to put in without a line at the boat ramp.

Lunker Vision Base Camp

Lunker Vision Base Camp

Osprey looking for lunkers at the bottom of the Anderson Dam
Osprey looking for lunkers at the bottom of the Anderson Dam

The float was pretty mellow as there are not too many obsticals to navigate, and we made it the whole weekend with only one boat flipped ūüôā The dry fly activity was picking up, with adams trailing behind a cicada being the rig of choice. ¬†After a great opening weekend and just avioding rain, we packed it up to take on another work week, and wait for our next adventure at Silver Creek for the upcoming brown drake hatch.

Tying one on

Tying one on

Floating right to camp is always the best choice.

Floating right to camp is always the best choice.

Ahh Silver Creek….. When we first arrived it was a mellow Saturday with fishing picking up all along the creek. With prolific hatches of bugs happining all over it was looking to be a good week at the creek. Pmd’s were out in force at the Nature Conservancys portion of the creek, and the famous Brown Drake was awaiting its time to shine. So we set up camp and left the camper there for the week, so as not to miss the “Silver Creek Shit Show” aka the Brown Drake hatch.

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Pat Lee even showed up on his “new” Honda Trail 90

Leaving the camper at the creek seemed to pay off, as we had beat the hordes of people and had no trouble finding our own private spot. After claiming our spot with the annoying “leave your chair trick” we had nothing more to do except wait. So with a cooler full of beer and some time to kill we sat and enjoyed awesome views Silver Creek has to offer.

photo copy 2Then as if out of nowhere the bugs start to fly in swarms all around the water for their annual hatch. Beers go down, and the rods come out as we all swarm to our spots. Sight fishing is awesome during this time because the Drakes bring out all the lunkers.

Tamara Harrison surrounded by the hatch

Tamara Harrison surrounded by the hatch

 

The Brown Drake

The Brown Drake

After a solid three evenings thick with Drakes, we finally packed it up and headed back to camp for one last bbq. Thursday was approaching and with it many more people. So we decided to call it for this year and let all the kooks try and get their drake fix.

BBQ at camp never a bad idea.

BBQ at camp never a bad idea.

 

The crew at the pit.

The crew at the pit.

Looking for Lunkers,

-Jeremy Black

Big Rock searching for Lunkers

Its getting warmer here in Idaho… Then colder, then warmer. But the fishing has been good. Here is a short video from fishing the other day. Trying to get as much fishing in as possible before the local river closes for a few months. Not super lunky but caught about four fish, Ill take it!

Looking for Lunkers,

-Jeremy Black

fly fishing is for the patient

waiting for the strike

waiting for the strike

Blauvelt and I hit the Truckee on this last nice day for awhile for some afternoon good luck, Anyways I put a new leader on with hopes of a fresh start to land one but anyways on my third cast some wind comes up and next thing I know is I have my san juan worm bird nested with my nympth and no untangling this mess in the near future so here I am starting over again and thinking to myself this site should be called men wearing waders hiking around in rivers loosing money…. hahahaha till next time

Blauvelt and Mills hit the Truckee

With the temps in the 50s people were out and about all over the river today in search for a catch, even some hikers were enjoying the sunshine on this Presidents day weekend. ¬†Knowing that cold weather is around the corner we wanted to take advantage of this Sunday afternoon. However it turned into some lost flies and no catch for either of us, but we still had a great time soaking up the rays. On our way home we got a msg from a friend who was fishing just a little upstream from us who happened to catch two nice Rainbows today. Perhaps we went to far down stream…..

letting her drift

letting her drift

priceless views here on the Truckee river

priceless views here on the Truckee river

Bryan Blauvelt sending the roll cast

Bryan Blauvelt sending the roll cast

Chilly and Pleasant

I headed down towards the Nevada state line today hoping it would be a little warmer out. It was still brisk and a bit more windy when I finally got to my destination, however about my  6th cast I had one on and was like BOOYA!! anyways he ended up getting away and from that point on it was just me and the breeze for the rest of the day. Did i mention that my toes were also getting cold. All in all was a fun day out on the river but definitely looking forward to some warmer air coming in.

tucked away from everyone

tucked away from everyone

Its Lunker Time

You know that feeling you get when you just don’t want to be at work? All you can think about is that fish you lost the other day. It just could have been the Lunker you have been waiting for. Welp thats how I am feeling, so in this regards I am going fishing!!!

Its a huge world out there

Lake Tahoe is a place of beauty and plenty of wildlife for the eyes to see. No matter what time of year it is you must get out there and enjoy everything it has to offer. From hiking to high alpine lakes to fish. To the clear waters of Tahoe, it doesn’t matter if you catch a lunker or not. The experience will be worth every minute.

Mills enjoying the vast greatness of Lake Tahoe earlier this fall. So many days here are pure beauty

Mills enjoying the vast greatness of Lake Tahoe earlier this fall. So many days here are pure beauty

 

cold front coming in

Pat Lee and Jeremy Black might be headed to the Baker Banked Slalom this weekend,  but Blauvelt and Mills are going to be bundling up this weekend and hitting the Truckee. In search of that February Monster that just lyes in the depths of some secret pools we know of. We will tame the beast.

let her drift into the unknown

let her drift into the unknown

Winter fly fishing on the Truckee

Bryan Blauvelt on some pristine water

Bryan Blauvelt on some pristine water

 

Pat Lee in fine form reeling in a Lunker up in Idaho!!

Pat Lee in fine form reeling in a Lunker up in Idaho!!

Byan Blauvelt and Adam Mills have been out on the Truckee river this winter in search for some big browns and Rainbows. Has been a little slow but they are in there and will feed if thrown the proper fly.  It has been warm out and on those days we get out there and just enjoy the beauty of the mountain streams this time of year.

Pat lee however has been tossing the wooly bugga and just keeps slaying some big Lunkers up in Idaho this winter