Tour Southern Idaho: Silver Creek Preserve


By Ben Lyda

Picabo, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Nestled in the Wood River Valley, Silver Creek is known around the world for its fly fishing.

Ernest Hemingway fell in love with the area when he visited in the 1930s.

While working on the book For Whom the Bell Tolls, Hemingway spent a lot of time at Silver Creek hunting and fishing.

"This kind of looks like the scene that Hemingway describes in Spain, where he goes and goes fishing with his friend and they catch a couple of trout and they just lay by the river and they drink a couple bottles of wine," Jessica Fisher from Boise says.

"Ernest Hemingway fell in love with the place and passed the love of Silver Creek onto his son Jack. His son Jack convinced Fish and Game to purchase that, and then eventually the property was turned over to the nature conservancy who now manages this property," explains Chad Chorney, Trout Unlimited.

Most people don't like the bugs. However, one of the biggest draws of Silver Creek is its insects, which draw anglers from all over the world.

"We have one of the greatest aquatic insect hatches of any stream in North America; it's an amazing place for fly fishing," says Sunny Healey, Silver Preserve manager.

"It’s just a really beautiful area. It’s a classic fly fishing trout stream. It's a one of a kind," adds Bill Henry from Oregon

Known worldwide for its fly fishing, Silver Creek is also home to hundreds of species of wildlife.

"You're in a gorgeous setting with lots of moose and deer, elk, mink, otter, 150 species of birds, so it's just like nature’s little paradise, and it’s protected; it's going to stay this way," Chorney says.

Winning over Hemingway with its vastness of activities and beauty, Silver Creek will always be special to those who visit.

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