Silver Creek Interlude







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.










Daytime temperatures still touched into the eighties and warranted an afternoon break from fishing.  The September nights were most comfortable and capped off with a moonlight serenade of distant bugling elk. A bull moose also included the Hayspur campground in his after dark wanderings.








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.












Fishing aside, I couldn't get enough of the landscape.  Had I not fished I would have been pleased to wander about with my camera.















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.












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  1. Les: I almost went to Silver Creek this past week but last minute cancelled. Have fished it 3 or 4 times and my wife loves the area and towns. It is a wonderful place to take pictures and simply look around. One of my favorite places to fish; maybe favorite! I like your picture of horse bend or I think it is called the oxbow. I have spent many days fishing it and pt of rocks area as could bring my dog with me. Of course the preserve area is spectacular. Great post.
    bob

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    1. Bob, it would have been quite the coincidence had our paths crossed so far from home. I'll have to devote more time on my next visit. You likely know the photo locale, off of the North Picabo road. Maybe we'll meet up next time......

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    2. Love that place. Awesome pictures! Was thinking of how thick the bwo's would have been there the last two days.

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    3. Believe it or not the BWO's were thicker on the "Fork" on Tuesday. I'm surprised that we didn't run into each other. Saw your vehicle/trailer in the parking lot though. Looks like you really got into the fish that day. In retrospect, you should have been rubbing Ben Gay on your sore casting arm from horsing in all of those big fish!

      Glad you liked the post and photos. It's a neat place, one worth re-visiting. Can't get enough of those spring creeks.

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    4. Oops, I was there (on the Henry's Fork) on Wednesday (not Tuesday).

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  2. Thanks for sharing this beautiful location with us. You even brought a few of its famously persnickety trout to net, no small accomplishment. And that Hemingway fellow, "Earnest" as all get out, and quite a writer, too!

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    1. A most beautiful spot it is Walt. Bob and Jim (above) are the guys who really know how to catch 'em!

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  3. Hello Lester ~ My lack of visiting does not mean that I have not thought of you. I'm trying to do better.

    I am a Facebook friend with Hemingway's grandson, a marvelously creative artist named Edward Hemingway. Speaking of Facebook, I am going to see if I can find you there.....

    All best to you!

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    1. Hi Lydia...hope all is well for you too. I've yet to sign up for Facebook, but thanks for looking....

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  4. Really lovely Les..what a great spot..

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    1. Hi Mike, I hope fall is shaping up well for you "Down East"....

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