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Boise River - Glenwood Bridge - Idaho

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Warmest Part of Day 20–26 Griffith Gnat, Zebra Midge
February Midges Warmest Part of Day 20–26 Griffith Gnat, Zebra Midge
Little Winter Stones Afternoon 16-20 Black Elk Hair Caddis
March Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph, Parachute Adams
April Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph, Parachute Adams
May Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph, Parachute Adams
Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Olive Hare’s Ear Nymph
June Stoneflies All Day 6-12 Pat’s Rubber Legs, Stimulator
July Stoneflies All Day 6-12 Pat’s Rubber Legs, Stimulator
August Terrestrials All Day 14-18 Hopper Patterns, Ant Patterns
September Terrestrials All Day 14-18 Hopper Patterns, Ant Patterns
Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph, Parachute Adams
October Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph, Parachute Adams
November Midges Warmest Part of Day 20–26 Griffith Gnat, Zebra Midge
December Midges Warmest Part of Day 20–26 Griffith Gnat, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

For enthusiasts of fly fishing, the Boise River – Glenwood Bridge location offers some of the most attractive spots.

  • Glenwood Bridge: This spot is highly accessible and allows catch of Rainbow Trout.
  • Barber Park: Situated just downstream from the Glenwood bridge, Barber Park’s slower current enhances the likelihood of spotting Browns and Rainbow Trout.
  • Near Morrison Knudsen Nature Center: It’s an excellent spot to try your luck at catching large Browns.
  • Ann Morrison Park: It offers a great diversity of fish including large Browns and Rainbow Trout. It is located upstream from the bridge.
  • Lucky peak area: Towards the dam, it’s excellent for catching native Whitefish along with Rainbow Trout.

Always remember to check fishing regulations and ensure the open season for fly fishing from the Glenwood Bridge.

Best Access Points

Fly fishing enthusiasts appreciate the scenic and fish-rich Boise River. One of the excellent places to consider is the area around the Glenwood Bridge. Here are the top access points:

  • Barber Park: Located east of the Glenwood Bridge, boasting deep pools and calm waters perfect for fly fishing.
  • Boise River Greenbelt: A pathway along the river that offers numerous access points, one of which is near the Glenwood Bridge.
  • River Run Day Use Area: This spot, west of the Glenwood Bridge, provides easy access, features a gravel bar which is ideal for wading and maintaining a clear casting line.
  • Boise Whitewater Park: Although primarily used for surfing and kayaking, the park’s ample access points and diversified river structures make it an unexpected spot for fly fishing.
  • Private Properties: Seek permission from landowners if you wish to access the river from private lands adjacent to the Glenwood Bridge.

Local Fish

  • Mountain Whitefish: Considered one of the predominant fish species in the colder parts of the Boise River, they are a favorite with fly fishers.
  • Rainbow Trout: These fish are stocked numerous times throughout the year and are an exciting target for fly fishers with their aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights.
  • Brown Trout: An exotic species which first introduced in the 1930s, they have now become an integral part of the ecosystem and a target for fly fishers due to their size and longevity.
  • Brook Trout: Though less common in the Boise River, they are a delight to catch with their vibrant colors and willingness to take a variety of flies.
  • Sturgeon: While these are not typically a target for fly fishers, they do inhabit the Boise River and are an exciting catch for anyone lucky enough to hook into one.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Present in the warmer parts of the river, these are a robust fight and are a great alterative when trout are not biting.
  • Largemouth Bass: A larger cousin of the Smallmouth Bass, they can also be found in the warmer waters of the Boise River and are a fun catch for the fly fisher.
  • Channel Catfish: A less common species for fly fishers, they are a large and powerful fish that can give a real battle when hooked.

About The River

Boise’s enchanting Glenwood Bridge over the Boise River holds quite a rich backstory! It was initially constructed in 1966 as a two-lane bridge, turning into a vital channel for the bustling city’s growing traffic. Excitingly, by 1975 it was expanded to become one of the state’s first five-lane bridges!

  • The architecture used both aesthetic and functional elements based on the Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) recommendations.
  • Over time, Glenwood Bridge has undergone several renovations to accommodate growing traffic and to maintain the structural integrity of the bridge.

Interestingly, a unique feature of Glenwood Bridge is a miniature park situated beneath the bridge. Known as ‘Eagle Path’, it is a serene spot for residents and visitors to enjoy a quiet moment amidst the city hustle. Without a doubt, Glenwood Bridge surely adds to Boise’s unique charm with both its functional role and its rich history.

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