Boat Raffle, Fly Casting Competition to aid South Fork

If you want to help recovery of the South Fork of the Boise River and also take a chance to win a boat, you should get involved in this raffle.

Thanks to a generous donation by Outcast Sporting Gear we are raffling the OSG Stealth Pro, a pontoon boat that is both light weight (35 lbs) and durable.

Raffle tickets are on sale for this boat.  Tickets are $25.00 each. We limited the number sold to just 100 tickets.  Tickets are on sale at Anglers Orvis fly shop on Overland Road and at Idaho Angler on Vista, or use the magic of online credit card transactions and you can purchase it here!

The boat will be raffled on Saturday May 10 at lunch at the 4th annual fly casting tournament at Eagle Island State Park.

The cause remains the same:  conservation of the South Fork Boise River wild trout fishery.

Last year the Third Annual Fly Casting Tournament raised approximately $7,000 toward projects to improve the South Fork of the Boise River fishery.  Located just an hour away from Boise, the South Fork still provides that experience we all seek in Idaho: to get away and to have great fishing — for our families and ourselves.

In the spring of 2012 we completed the replacement of a culvert with a bridge to reconnect Pierce Creek to the South Fork of the Boise River and provide access to 1.9 miles of healthy habitat for trout spawning and rearing.  We also launched an unprecedented cooperative project with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to study the effects of river flow changes on the young wild trout of the South Fork. This study will continue in 2014 and 2015 and could eventually lead to adjustments in flow management.

With river corridor damages resulting from devastating wildfires in the summer of 2013, plus post fire tributary blowouts caused by heavy rainfall, we anticipate the need for a variety of projects to help heal the river and its blue ribbon trout fishery.

With our recent and past successes – and continued work – on the South Fork Boise River, we would like you to consider joining other individuals and businesses in support of our 4th Annual Fly Casting Tournament, being held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Eagle Island State Park. Organize a casting team and sign up here!

Forest seeks, gets comments on South Fork Rehab


Map of recovery project area. Click on it to enlarge.

The Boise National Forest’s Mountain Home Ranger District asked for public comment on a scoping document on proposed post-wildfire recovery of the South Fork Boise River area.  Within a 50,000 acre analysis area the Forest proposes to plant some 7,000 acres of upland areas and 1,500 acres of riparian areas.

Comments were accepted from February 7 to March 7, 2014.  The Forest received comments from the Boise Valley Fly Fishers (.pdf) and from the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited (.pdf) among others.  The Forest will complete the recovery plan in 2014 with the goal of significant planting efforts beginning in 2015.  Comments from Trout Unlimited pointed out that in 2014 it would be possible to collect seed from cottonwood trees in the summer, and begin to grow new trees from locally-sourced seeds.  TU and the Boise National Forest’s Lucky Peak Nursery pioneered this practice since 2011.  And in the fall 2014 it should be possible to put willow cuttings along riparian areas where needed, assuming appropriate sources of willow can be found.

If you are interested in following this recovery project you can provide your email to the Boise National Forest here.

They Came, They Planted

Nearly 100 volunteers made it to the South Fork Boise River to plant cottonwood trees and other plants to help jump start habitat recovery on the South Fork of the Boise River.    Check out this video below:
The video above from KTVB is also accompanied by a story here.

This event was a team effort.  The Forest Service supplied many of the trees and Trout Unlimited helped cover additional costs of vegetation.  Other partners include the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley which donated 50 cottonwood trees, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Fly Fishers of Idaho and Boise Valley Fly Fishers.

Many photos of the effort were taken and when more is available we will post them.


South Fork Opens November 6th

From Boise National Forest news release:

Open areas include the South Fork Boise River, downstream from the Anderson Ranch Dam.  Recreation along the river corridor is open to day use only, and overnight use is prohibited.  Floaters are advised that the river has substantially changed with new channels, flows and large trees in the river.  


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South Fork Recovery Begins with You November 9th

Make plans for Saturday November 9th for volunteer planting along the South Fork Boise River to kick start the recovery of the river corridor from the recent wildfire and mud flow events.

The plan is to meet at the parking lot near Albertsons near Federal Way and Gowen Road (next to Exit 57 on I-84) at 8:30 a.m. We will organize those who want to car pool and to leave promptly at 9:00 a.m. for the drive to the South Fork of the Boise.

Thanks to the more than four dozen people who signed up to volunteer at the September 11 meeting we think we will have a core group to start.  But additional help is needed for this effort.  We are working to get the word out with the fly shops and the fishing clubs.  The Boise National Forest is determining what plants and trees will be planted, they types and quantities. Needed tools are being identified.  At this time we need you to sign up to help. You can call Bob Caldwell at (208) 322-5539 and leave a message or email

There are several areas where the debris flows scoured the gound the removed vegetation.  These areas will be one to plant.  Other sites where the fire burned may also need planting, but in many cases we are already seeing willow begin to regenerate on its own from the roots that were not killed in the fire.

Knowing in advance how many people are coming will help planners determine how much we can get done.  Lunch will be provided on site.  And, there is not Boise State football game on November 9th so don’t worry about that potential conflict.