Boise Valley Fly Fishers
Since 1971


Outing: Silver Creek


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Silver Creek Outing

Outing Host:   Jim Kazakoff


The IDF&G hatchery campground is currently OPEN. Silver Creek Nature Conservancy Preserve is open, however the visitor center is closed. This outing will be contingent upon the status of COVID-19 and relaxing of restrictions prior to the scheduled event.

Status Update:  6/18/21

The Hayspur Hatchery campground reopened, as of May 6, 2021.  As of this update, the campground is open.  However a major construction project (new septic system) is planned and underway at the site, which may result in future closures or temporary closures, as this project progresses.

With light registered attendance, I am proposing a social rendezvous at 4:00 PM at the Hayspur campground.  Look for my silver Toyota 4Runner license 5L7D, at the west side of the campground meadow (hopefully).  With the summer solstice near this date, there should be time after the rendezvous to catch the evening hatch.


Christian Reid's June presentation at the June BVFF meeting covered mousing at Silver Creek, and described the large resident brown trout that are possible.  We will be holding a challenge for anyone attending the outing that catches a trout on a mouse pattern.  Any registered attendee will receive a mouse fly to try their skills at mousing.


The Big Wood and Lost River drainages are experiencing severe drought this year (25% of average basin precipitation).  This may result in lower flows at Silver Creek as well, but should still fish reasonably well in June.  Magic Reservoir releases will be a short season for irrigation, ending sometime in early July.

The June BVFF outing will be at Silver Creek, near Sun Valley.   Early season fishing can often mean high water flows on the rivers, so a spring creek is a good destination choice.  Silver Creek can be challenging, but is always a great place to be.

Alternatively Silver Creek is easy striking distance from other waters, including:

  • Big Wood River
  • Magic Reservoir, and its outlet
  • Big Lost River (~ 1+ hr)

The group will be camping at the Idaho Fish & Game campground at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery, just off highway 20—about 8 miles past the junction of Highway 20 and Highway 75 (North side). The camp ground is a large grass meadow with a few small trees (Beware: Russian Olive trees for those with allergies), and can accommodate tents, campers, or small trailers. There is water available, and  vault toilets. It is first come, first served for space, and with no fee.

For those with RV’s desiring hook-up services, the store in Picabo runs/manages an RV site, located across the road from the store in Picabo, and has a few rooms available.

  • 17 RV sites w/ power and water $25/night
  • 10% discount for Good Sam members
  • 1 dump site
  • For reservations call 208.788.3536

There are also limited camping spots at Idaho Sportsman access points (Point of Rocks), East, and West.

Picabo Angler is located inside the Picabo store, and has a full line of fly fishing tackle. The store also serves food.

Picabo Angler has been an exhibitor at the Western Idaho FF Expo for several years now. Picabo Angler also has a live webcam of the creek outside their shop HERE.


  • Saturday June 27
  • No BVFF sponsored Potluck 
  • We encourage "social-distancing"
  • Many will go over Thursday or Friday and stay through Sunday
Twilight: (June 27):  9:59:07 pm
Sunset:  (June 27):  9:23:18 pm

Those wishing to catch the late afternoon hatch before sunset can do so.


Hayspur camp ground is in relative close proximity to a number of access points on Silver Creek:
  • West Silver Creek Access
  • Nature Conservancy Silver Creek Preserve (Remember to sign in at the hut)
  • Point of Rocks
  • East Silver Creek Access
  • Hwy 20 Bridge

See Silver Creek Map HERE

Floating Silver Creek is a great way to fish the creek. However, be aware that Idaho Fish & Game regulations REQUIRE that you use a float tube-- one that places you down in the water.  Pontoon style kick boats do not meet this requirement.  The creek is relatively shallow in most places, so when floating, wear wading boots, but not flippers.  The creek can be busy, so good etiquette and consideration to fellow anglers is always appreciated.

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