For a great day fishing the Owyhee be prepared to switch between dry fly and nymph tactics throughout the day. Early morning spinner falls have had fish looking up, and dry-fly fishing has been on the decline as we continue into late summer/fall. There has been an early morning lull for dry flies until the PMD/Pink hatch starts around 1:30 p.m. If you’re in the right spot, expect a good power hour or two of fishing during the hatch. Hoppers in yellow and tan have been producing some nice late summer browns, Run a dropper 2-3ft below. PMD’s, Pink Cahill, BWOs, Caddis, Midge Owyhee River below the Dam Owyhee River near Rome, OR
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Anderson Ranch Tailwater: It’s that time of the year that summer flows are beginning to drop. As of now the South Fork is dropping down to 562cfs and will continue to drop down to average winter flows of 300-350cfs. With that being said, the fish will need a few days to acclimate to the new change in flows, but the fishing should pick up again as it has been great through the summer. Hoppers are still around, so a hopper dropper rig will still be a go to set up for this time of the year. Try colors in tan, yellow, pink: sizes 8-12. BWO’s should start showing as we progress into September as well as late evening skittering Crane Flies. TIPS: Work a hopper dropper rig into structure and boulders. Be ready in the evening looking for crane flies skittering as these SF bows are known to explode on them! Boise In-Town: Flows are holding at 877cfs, and should drop in the next few weeks. Nymphing has been most productive through town with rigs of hares ears, pheasant tails, zebra midges. Those patterns will produce in sizes 14-20. Streamers in the early morning and evening have produced
If you've never been to Eastern Idaho, you might not exactly know what to expect. Vast fertile farmland, yes we have that. What you might not know is that the sheer amount of rivers, lakes, and resevoirs in our region can leave even the most seasoned world traveler surprised. This Google Earth video is mixed in with breathtaking high definition helicopter footage (courtesy of Wide Eye Productions) of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, South Fork of the Snake, Mesa Falls, the Tetons, Table Rock, and your home away from home, Three Rivers Ranch. It will give you a good idea of where we are located and the views we take for granted living in such a beautiful place. Be sure to take a look at the Emmy Award Winning movie, The Fly Highway from Wide Eye Productions. If you would like to contact us to book a trip call (208) 652-3750 or send us a note!
On August 21st, 2017 we will have a rare total solar eclipse pass through the Upper Snake River Valley! As you can see from the pictures, we'll be directly in the path. Late August typically brings no clouds and great weather, and great fishing as well so plan accordingly. We still have some spots available and are honoring our 2017 rates. To reserve a spot, call Three Rivers Ranch today at (208) 652-3750 or send us an email.
**Photos Updated on Feb 21, 2017 Snow, snow, and more snow. So far the winter of 2016/2017 has been nothing short of good news for our mountain snowpack’s throughout much of Idaho and the West. As we approach spring, we can be highly optimistic that this snowpack, in turn will provide a solid spring runoff and good water for all the rivers this coming summer. All of our Snake River Drainages are well above average for snowpack and water content so fingers crossed, it’s looking good! Do keep in mind that we still have another 2 months of snowfall accumulation to go, and in that time period a lot can change. But as of now, things are looking good. Lets break it down on some of the local snowpack drainages that feed the Boise River, Owyhee River, and our Eastern Idaho Rivers. The Owyhee River Drainage As of February 6th, The Owyhee River drainage is at 154% of normal snowpack for this time of the year. Of the many tail water rivers we enjoy, this river system needs as much snowpack as they can get to ensure us a great summer of fishing, and ample flows that will stay cool
South Fork of the Snake River Fly Fishing Report: The South Fork of the Snake River has been fishing quite well. Those of you looking for a great day, head up to the Swan Valley area. There will be some dry fly action on sunny days and when temperatures start to get around 32 degrees and above. When packing your fly box, make sure and take midges, rubber legs, small zebras, & dark streamers in black & dark olive. You can also use a San Juan worm or an egg pattern, but only when you’re super desperate or approaching an “oh-fer” or close to getting skunked. Reserve your Snake River Guided Fly Fishing Trip Today.
Henrys Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Henry’s Fork is pretty tough to fish as of lately. The ice shelf is pretty extensive covering about 15 feet into the river. On the lower section of the Henrys Fork, the ice shelf covers roughly 1/3 of the river. Be EXTREMELY CAREFUL as the ice is slushy and slick! It’s not entirely a lost cause, so don’t fret. The best place to get a little fishing in is up near Warm River around Stone’s Bridge (the boat ramp in Warm River off Fishermans Drive). We’re looking forward to the slightly warmer temperatures February may bring. So look for sunny days and temperatures rising above 32 degrees. Stop by our Ashton Fly Shop & Liquor Store to stock up on flies. Flies to use: Rubber Legs, Prince nymphs, pheasant tail, zebra midges, & streamers (black, dark olive)
Owyhee River Fly Fishing Report: The river has frozen over, and for the most part is unfishable. If you can find some open water, slow stripping small streamers and wooly buggers can be productive. Fill your fly box with small midge patterns, small baetis nymphs, small leech streamers, & wooly buggers.
Anderson Ranch Tailwater Fishing Report: Nymphing small bead head Baetis and zebra variations will be your best bet. Sizes 18-22 for zebra midges in black and red can be productive. Try dropping a zebra off of a brown girdle bug. No need to get an early start. Nymphing a small mayfly nymph with a zebra midge dropper has been most productive. Keep and eye out for heads throughout the day, have a good supply of BWO emergers and midges as these bows can be very finicky during the winter. Boise River In-Town Fishing Report: In these cold winter months in town, be ready to nymph fish. It can be very difficult to find any risers. You may also hook into a planter steelhead fishing sub-surface. Try a large stone fly, prince nymph, or an egg-sucking-leech to a smaller trout fly (zebra midge, pheasant tail, hare’s ear) and bounce the bottom. Nymphing hares ears, copper johns, and zebra midges have been the ticket in those faster riffles. Again, if you’re not finding fish in the fast stuff, don’t overlook the slow tail-out section of a nice run