This is usually the time when the North and Middle forks of the Boise River, northeast of Boise, are prime fly fishing.
Forget it for a while.
The rivers are inaccessible because of fire closures. You also can’t get to the South Fork of the Boise River below Anderson Ranch Dam, north of Mountain Home.
Anything can change when it comes to fires, but as of Aug. 13 the Middle Fork of the Boise River Road, just past Spring Shores Marina (at Lucky Peak Reservoir), is closed.
Twin Springs residents were being allowed through at that point. Atlanta residents were having to go by way of Roads 384/327 to the Middle Fork Boise River Road.
The North Fork of the Boise River is effectively off limits because of a road closure on the Rabbit Creek Road at the junction of Granite Creek and Idaho 21, just north of Idaho City.
Forest Road 384 (Edna Creek) is open from Idaho 21 to the Forest Road 384/327 junction, which is the beginning of fire area closure. Forest Road 327 upriver on the North Fork toward Deer Park and downriver is closed.
Roads 129/172 to the Trinity Lakes Recreation area are closed.
Roads along the upper South Fork near Pine are closed as is the road along the South Fork below Anderson Ranch Dam.
The South Fork below Cow Creek is also off limits with the Blacks Creek, Cow Creek/Prairie, and Dixie Cutoff road closures.
Your best bets for stream fishing are the Sun Valley, Stanley and McCall areas.
Past photo of the Middle Fork of the Boise River by Roger Phillips/Idaho Statesman