Another Winter Trip to SF of the Boise River

2 December 2005 By Dan Bachman • Day-Spent-Fishing • Comments (2)

The weather was supposed to be miserable according the forecast but I went prepared. I was suprised to find the skies clear, the canyon warm and nobody-not one single person on the river besides myself. Quite a change from last week’s trip. In my fly box were 3 new golden stone patterns that I had picked up just the day before. This week I tried a slightly different rig with golden rubber legs followed by a bead head nymph pattern with rubber legs (see pic). The bead head nymph pattern proved the most effective.

Fishing a section of riffles that was no more than 10 inches deep I hooked my first fish on only 5 or 6 casts. An 20 inch rainbow buck that didn’t come in easily. He tail-walked and took the current downstream. When I finally landed him I was a good 100 yards further downstream.

Moving upstream to the ‘best hole on the river’ according to my guide, Jim, from last weeks trip—I found a midge hatch in progress. Fish were rising to pull the tiny flies from the surface. I put on a 6X leader and tippet along with a Griffith’s gnat. I spent nearly 30 minutes and switched over to a #24 grey midge pattern at one point with no luck. Back to the golden stone rig I went and on the first cast an 18 inch hen took the hook.

Before the day was over I landed 4 nice rainbows ranging in size from 17 to 20 inches and only 2 whitefish. A banner day for me on this river.


  1. 2 May 2006 dan

    What is a guide doing on the South Fork of the Boise River? It’s against regulations.

  2. 2 May 2006 Author

    “Guide” is used loosely meaning my buddy that showed me where he fishes. If you read the article from the previous trip it would make a little more sense.

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