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Little Wood River - Carey - Idaho

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Water Flow Chart

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.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges, Griffith's Gnat
February Midges, Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-22, 16-18 Zebra Midges, BWO Nymphs
March Blue Winged Olive, Skwala Stone Afternoon 16-18, 8-10 BWO Nymphs, Skwala Nymphs
April Blue Winged Olive, Skwala Stone, Caddis Afternoon 16-18, 8-10, 14-16 BWO Nymphs, Elk Hair Caddis
May March Brown, Midges, Caddis Afternoon 14, 20-24, 14-16 March Brown Nymphs, Griffith's Gnat
June Pale Morning Dun, Yellow Sallie, Caddis Afternoon 14-18, 14-16, 14-16 Pale Morning Dun Nymphs, Yellow Sallie Nymphs
July Yellow Sallie, Caddis, Green Drakes Afternoon 14-16, 14-16, 10-12 Yellow Sallie Nymphs, Green Drake Nymphs
August Terrestrials, Caddis All Day 12-16, 14-16 Ants, Beetles, Elk Hair Caddis
September Blue Winged Olive, Terrestrials All Day 16-18, 12-16 BWO Nymphs, Ants, Beetles
October Blue Winged Olive, Midges Afternoon 16-18, 18-22 BWO Nymphs, Zebra Midges
November Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges, Griffith's Gnat
December Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges, Griffith's Gnat

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

The Little Wood River near Carey provides some of the best spots for fly fishing, offering a delightful blend of wildlife, nature, and trout. Here are a few spots that avid anglers often visit:
  • Magic Reservoir: Catch a variety of fish including Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. Full of hidden coves for quiet angling.
  • Little Wood River stretch near Picabo: Mostly Rainbow Trout. This 20-mile stretch is accessible year-round and full of riffles, pools and runs.
  • Willow Creek: Ideal for Spotted Trout. This smaller stream is often overlooked, yet offers a rich fishing experience.
  • Wild Rose Hot Springs: Close to natural springs, it’s good for Brown Trout. The ideal spot for those looking for some tranquility along with fishing.
Remember to check local fishing regulations before spending a day on these waters, as some areas require special permits or are catch-and-release.

Best Access Points

The Little Wood River in Carey, Idaho, known for its abundant trout, offers numerous access points for fly fishing. Key sites are:

  • West Magic Reservoir: Convenient access point, particularly known for its population of rainbow trout.
  • Carey Lake: Offers good access for shore fishing along with boat launch facilities.
  • High Five Creek: A tributary of the Little Wood River, ideal for catching brook trout.

Please remember, some areas of the Little Wood River flow through private property. Always ensure you are not trespassing and respect the privacy of landowners. In addition, do not forget that an Idaho fishing license is required for fishing within state waters.

Local Fish

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Whitefish
  • Cutthroat Trout
    1. Westslope Cutthroat Trout
    2. Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Pikeminnows

About The River

The Little Wood River – Carey, an alluring gem in Idaho, boasts a rich and fascinating history. The river takes its source from the smoky mountains and then quietly meanders through the stunning Carey Valley. Its cool, deep waters have long been a vital resource for countless local species, and a hub of activity for the early settlers.

Early Native American tribes were known to settle along its banks, utilizing the river for fishing and irrigation. As settlers began migrating west in the mid-19th century, the river took on a new role. It became an essential water source for cattle ranching and farming.

Today, the Little Wood River – Carey continues to be a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts. Its picturesque setting and serene charm holds testament to its captivating past, making it a must-visit spot in the enchanting state of Idaho.


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