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Old 09-30-2012, 05:48 PM
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Just got back from Central Idaho.
Fished out of tiny Mackay ID and also Ketchum (Sun Valley) ID.
Fished a 300 cfs tail water in Mackay called the Big Lost. It was surreal! 30+ fish days with bwo hatches lasting for hours! I never went smaller then 4X even when fishing #18 zebras. What an incredible river.
We fished the highly technical Silver Creek spring creek and actually did quite well by fishing a unweighted #20 PT under a bwo dry. No giant browns though.
If you can catch fish on the Clinch's sulphur hatch you can do good at Silver for sure.
We then went to Ketchum and fished a fair sized freestone called the Big Wood.
I haven't fished there since '07 and boy have people found out about this place!
It was like the Little River on a pretty weekend.
Once we found some water without fishermen our catch rate really went up. I was fishing a brown/copper zebra under a large "purple haze" dry. The majority of fish were taking the zebra cause of the bwo presence there.
The 'Lost and the 'Wood both gave up a couple fish in the 20" range and Silver gave up some around 16".
Great fishing, scenery, food , drink, and camaraderie!
When I actually touch my desktop VS my iPhone, I'll post some pics.

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:08 PM
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Here's an attempt at some ID pics:

Big Wood river outside outside Sun Valley. Check out the vertical ski run on the mtn. in background!

Big Lost tailrace. Yes, tailrace!


Big city dining, Arco ID

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Big town of Mackay ID


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Old 09-30-2012, 08:51 PM
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fourx,
sounds like you had a great trip. Your experience on Silver Creek sounds better than mine. That is a tough piece of water for someone new to it. I think I may spring for a guide on my next trip there. I'm curious, the first pic of the Big Lost, I don't recognize that. How far below the dam are you at that point? The reason I ask is that after two trips there, the only two access points I could find are each pretty close to the dam. The banks are much more grown up where I was than what your pics show. You may be closer to Mackay than I think. The access that I walked down from had a campground and picnic area on it. The river trail as it is, seemed to die out not real far down from the access and there was not much area for a crowd of people. The Copper basin area on the Big Lost is where I want to explore next. The Big Wood is a great little river. It's neat that a river of that quality can exist so close to a town, even as small as it is. Thanks for the report!
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:07 PM
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Since this won't be heard around the world, I'll tell you this:
Where you fished the Lost has tons of fish but is getting pounded by Ketchum guides/clients.
Since you've been there before, go down main st. in town until you reach a bridge. Fish downstream from the bridge and bring a wading staff. Stay below the high water mark unless you like western violence.
Silver's tough. Pray for wind for hoppers. If no wind, fish a unweighted dropper only 4" under a well presented dry.
Copper basin is stunning! Fish above wild horse creek road and you'll be rewarded with some great cutt' fishing. The smaller the water the more condensed the trout.
I've had 3 flats in Copper Basin in rental cars/suv's. 2 at once at 8800ft. elevation! Long story.
Hope this helps if you get back to paradise.

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Old 09-30-2012, 10:10 PM
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Since this won't be heard around the world, I'll tell you this:
Where you fished the Lost has tons of fish but is getting pounded by Ketchum guides/clients.
Since you've been there before, go down main st. in town until you reach a bridge. Fish downstream from the bridge and bring a wading staff. Stay below the high water mark unless you like western violence.
Silver's tough. Pray for wind for hoppers. If no wind, fish a unweighted dropper only 4" under a well presented dry.
Copper basin is stunning! Fish above wild horse creek road and you'll be rewarded with some great cutt' fishing. The smaller the water the more condensed the trout.
I've had 3 flats in Copper Basin in rental cars/suv's. 2 at once at 8800ft. elevation! Long story.
Hope this helps if you get back to paradise.

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Old 09-30-2012, 10:13 PM
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Oops. Double post.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:09 AM
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That's beautiful! Is that snow on those mountains in the background of town?
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:14 AM
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Nope. Usually there is though.
Those peaks are highest in ID, 13,000ft..

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Old 10-01-2012, 11:10 PM
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I appreciate the tip fourx. It may be a while, but I will get back there. I'm not suprised about the flat tires, I was warned about that. I noticed that a lot of the road between Ketchum and Copper Basin had been improved. Not much in the way of services in that stretch!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:21 AM
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Beautiful photographs. I have never fished in Idaho and you make it sound quite appealing.
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