Fly Fishing the Boise River in Western Idaho

The Boise River consists of three separate forks that emerge from the Sawtooth Mountain Range. The confluence of the North and Middle forks join together near the town of Idaho City. The North fork is roughly 50 miles long. The Middle Fork is about a 52 mile stretch. Once joined together, the river continues its flow until it reaches Aarowrock Reservoir. The South Fork of the Boise River is a 101 mile stretch that rises from the Sawtooth National Forest, out of the Soldier and Smoky Mountains near Fairfield, Idaho. The South Fork flows into Aarowrock Reservoir and eventually joins the other sections at Aarowrock Dam.

Past the dam, the river flows west adding in the Mores Creek tributary as it passes through Lucky Peak Dam and into the Boise area. Throughout the city of Boise, the river is lined with a 35 mile recreational and alternate transportation area known as The Boise Greenbelt.

The Boise River then winds west toward northern Canyon County, where it eventually meets up with The Snake River at the Idaho-Oregon Border.

The Boise River is one of the best urban fisheries in the states, it is probably the most beautiful. The South Fork is about an hour & a half away from Boise, an easy day drive. There are many other spots to go camping as well should you want to fish any fork of the Boise River.

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  • The watershed covers 4100 square miles that covers a wide variety of habitats including mountain canyons, forests, farmland, & urban areas.
  • This tributary of the Snake River has three forks.  The north fork is roughly 50 miles long & the south fork is approximately 102 miles long.
  • 10000 Ft. Elevation at its source.  The three forks of the Boise River exceed 10,000 feet in elevation at its source in the Sawtooth Mountains.  It is formed by the confluence of the Middle and the North Fork of the Boise River.