Fishing Season: Year Round

Boise River - ID

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Chad Allen's Tip of the Week

South Fork Boise closed till Memorial Day Weekend!!! Boise in town flows have raised to around 600 cfs. Best tactics will be nymphing jig style and attractor patterns, with streamers also being a good bet.

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Map of Boise River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Tight Lines

5-Day Outlook as of 5/4/21

South Fork Boise Closed till Memorial Day Weekend!!!

Techniques & Tips as of 5/4/21

SFB Closed Boise in town: Size 16-20 attractor nymphs, BWO and Midge nymph patterns will also be productive.

Current Conditions as of 5/4/21

South Fork Boise Closed till Memorial Day Weekend!!!

Local Species Available Year Round

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    Rainbow Trout

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    Bull Trout

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    sucker fish

Chad Allen's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
CDC Caddis Black/Tan 16-20
Blue Winged Olive Olive 18-20
Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail black/olive 16-20
Tunghead Stonefly N/A 8-12
zebra midges black 16-20
pheasant tails N/A 16-20
Bead Body Scud Black/Brown 8-14
Hot Head Euro Pheasant Tail olive/brown/black 16-18
FB Hares ear tan 16-20

CDC Caddis

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Chad Allen's Recommended Gear

Description: About Boise River

The Boise River consists of three separate forks that emerge from the Sawtooth Mountain Range. The confluence of the North and Middle forks join together near the town of Idaho City. The North fork is roughly 50 miles long. The Middle Fork is about a 52 mile stretch. Once joined together, the river continues its flow until it reaches Arrowrock Reservoir. The South Fork of the Boise River is a 101 mile stretch that rises from the Sawtooth National Forest, out of the Soldier and Smoky Mountains near Fairfield, Idaho. The South Fork flows into Arrowrock Reservoir and eventually joins the other sections at Arrowrock Dam. Past the dam, the river flows west adding in the Mores Creek tributary as it passes through Lucky Peak Dam and into the Boise area. Throughout the city of Boise, the river is lined with a 35 mile recreational and alternate transportation area known as The Boise Greenbelt. The Boise River then winds west toward northern Canyon County, where it eventually meets up with The Snake River at the Idaho-Oregon Border.

Nearest Airport:



BWOs Midges Caddis

Best Time to Fish:

Mid Afternoon

Best Stretch:

Below Anderson Dam down to danskin bridge

Best Access:

Barber Park to Eagle, use the greenbelt to access the water, for in town fishing