Spring creeks are singularly beautiful, and Silver Creek in Idaho is no exception. The Silver Creek Preserve is managed by the Nature Conservancy. It's open to the public for a nominal five dollar daily donation. While fishing is the main draw, many folks come to bird watch, canoe, walk the trails and take in the scenery. It's also a photographers dream.
Silver Creek should be on the life list of any spring creek fisher. And, as a devotee of spring creeks, it's one that I'd wanted to visit. With a few days off, that fortuitously coincided with a favorable weather window, I made the drive and was rewarded with a couple of delightful nights of camping.
I only spent two days on Silver Creek. Let it be said that the fish are constantly harried by some of the best anglers. I had dues to pay, and they wouldn't be paid in two days. I wandered, explored and cast to persnickety fish on the first. I slid the net under a few the next. A black cdc beetle saved the day. As a bonus, the "camp water" within the campground was worthy of an hour or two of casting exercise. Too, those fish were spooky as hell, but I got a few.
Earnest Hemingway was an area resident. He fished Silver Creek for its trout and hunted ducks too. Just upstream from Kilpatrick Bridge is this memorial.