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Destinations: Fly Fishing Silver Creek, Idaho Continuing with our Destinations Streams, look at our new "Perfect Fly" Stream Section pages on Silver Creek, one of the West's best trout streams. All you have to do to fish one of the Nation's very best trout streams is to drive up to a building and sign your name. You want even be asked any questions. The Nature Conservancy requires that you sign in and other than your Idaho license, that is it. I think anyone who fishes there should be very thankful for what they have done but even that isn't required. You do have to agree to release everything you catch.
You want hear much about Idaho's Silver Creek until you start hearing about how difficult it is to fish. I guess that is true, but we have always been able to catch a few of them. Catching one from its crystal clear water is a thrill - as much of a thrill as I can imagine anyone wanting from the sport. The stream isn't a pushover by any means. Catching its huge rainbow or brown trout isn't easy, but it is very rewarding. It's exactly as I feel it should be. All it takes is doing everything right. When that is done, the fish respond to your flies. When you don't, you will not be rewarded with anything.
Angie and I spent some time with some anglers that have fished Silver Creek many times, and one in particular, almost everyday. Some advice from them really helped but you may be amazed at the advise. It wasn't fish here, or fish this fly or anything that is an easy solution or trick you could use. It was all simply things. You have to hide from the trout. If they see you, it's over there. The difference is, you have to make a perfect presentation when you do find one, and by the way, you have to do that first. If you blind cast, you will go home without any fish stories. If you show the trout your line or leader, forget that fish and find another one. The trout are almost always eating or concentrating on one insect. You must use a good imitation of what they are eating or you will be ignored. I want go on. I will just say that it takes doing everything right. The stream is full of large wild rainbow and brown trout. What is especially pleasing, is when you catch one, you know you are being rewarded for doing things right. It can be done. Our first day there, Angie caught three nice rainbows within the first two hours.