Fishing Season: Open May 28th to March 31st, 2011

Big Wood River - ID

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Ketchum on the Fly's Tip of the Week

Fish small attractors and flies like parachute adams. Hopper droppers are working. Rusty Spinners in the morning and evening. Caddis late evening.

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Map of Big Wood River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 9/11/12

Think late night fishing and Caddis! Red Quils are starting to come off.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/11/12

Hopper Dropper and fishing the hatches in the morning and evening. Trico on the flat stretches in the morning.

Local Species Available Open May 28th to March 31st, 2011

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    Rainbow / Brown / Brook Trout

Ketchum on the Fly's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Royal Stimulator Red/Green 6
Copper John Green 10
Parachute Adams Dun 16 - 12
Turks Tarantula Yellow 4

Royal Stimulator

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Ketchum on the Fly's Recommended Gear

Description: About Big Wood River

The Big Wood River is born and tumbles south between the Boulder and Smoky Mountains, well north of the Sun Valley area as it heads for the fertile plains of the Snake River Basin. The river is mostly a freestone stream, eventually impeded by a single dam as it enters the desert well south of Sun Valley, but the dam works to turn the lower river into a seasonal tailwater also providing excellent fishing. The “Wood” as the locals call it, is truly the lifeblood of the valley. In the winter its waters provides skiers the early season manmade snow for the “Swish”, and in the summer the water is Mecca to anglers for the “fish!” It is a beautiful river all season long, rivaled by very few places for pure Rocky Mountain beauty. Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Cuttbows, Brown Trout and Mountain Whitefish all call the Wood home at various places throughout its reaches. Starting in alpine forests this walk and wade stream is home to wild fish as it cascades through the cottonwood trees entering the towns of Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue, eventually transitioning into a desert river well south of these towns. It is this transition that makes so many Rocky Mountain rivers, like this one, extremely fertile and able to grow large populations of large trout.

Nearest Airport:

Hailey / Sun Valley


Hoppers Trico Crane Fly Baetis

Best Time to Fish:

Morning / Evening

Best Stretch:

Stanton Crossing to SNRA

Best Access: