Boise Valley Fly Fishers
Since 1971


Whitefish Derby 2022: In-Person

  • 19 Feb 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Southfork Boise River


Registration is closed




February 19, 2022

South Fork of the Boise, below Anderson Ranch Dam

9:30 AM - Sign In at Village Boat Launch

See detailed map below:

10:00 AM - Fishing Starts

2:00 PM – Derby Ends

2:00 to 3:00 PM - Lunch will be provided for ALL and consist of Chili, Hot Dogs, chips, and soda provided by BVFF.

3:30 The 2022 Whitefish Derbies awards.

Update: 2-13-2022 –Tie-breaker rules are listed below.

Outing Type:

On the water – In Person

Catch & Release for the Derby – see Derby Rules below.

Registration is required and we may have a limit on the number of people allowed. This will come from the permitting process with IDF&G.

Fish Specie:

Mountain Whitefish


Float Tube

Not advised


Caution, winter conditions. Wading staff and belt are high recommended.

From Boise

80 miles. Under good road conditions this is a 90 minute trip.

 From Boise goes east on I84. At the second Mt Home exit, Pilot station, turn north on Highway 20. In roughly 20 miles take the turn off to Fall Creek/Anderson Ranch. Go over the dam then turn left down to the river. Follow the road to Village Boat Ramp/Reclamation village.

Beware of road conditions based on weather. Drive carefully.

Snow tires, chains and 4WD are recommended.


COVID precautions are recommended.

BVFF Host:

Tom McKnight

Matt Perkins


Steve Atkins

Troy Pearse


If you have questions, please send an email to:

Detailed map to Village Boat Launch:


1.    All participants must be current BVFF members for 2022.

2.    Each participant must register for the event. Registration is by using the registration link for this event on the website.

3.    Derby participants will submit their cell phone/camera photos at the 2:00 check-in. For your submittal a picture of the whitefish held next to a tape measure is required. Make sure the tape is readable.

4.    The virtual portion of the derby begins Feb 1 and will conclude on Feb 18.

5.    The Whitefish Derby continues with the in-person event, held at the South Fork Boise River. Winners will be from the combined entries of both virtual and in-person catch submittals.

6.    In case of a tie, this is the process to determine leader board placement.

o   The first person to post their entry or the earliest time-stamped photo (Like IDF&G)

o   For the BVFF Whitefish Derby, there must be at least a 1/2 of length different.

o   The BVFF Whitefish Derby Host(s) is the judge for leader board placement.

7.    BVFF request that photos be provided for posting on the BVFF Facebook Page, send to 


1st Place:  Longest Fish:    A $25.00 gift certificate or a BVFF Logoed Buck Knife (726)

2nd Place:  Drawing:   The prize not selected by he 1st Place winner.

As almost exclusively bottom feeders, whitefish will readily take a variety of nymphs, especially those tied with bead heads. A few of the more popular patterns are; Golden Stonefly Nymphs, prince nymph, pheasant tail, zug bug, two-bit hooker, zebra midge, hare’s ear, and copper johns. Fly size ranges between 10 and 16 with size 12 being a good place to start. "Rainbow Warriors" in size 18-22 have also been very consistent Whitefish attractor patterns. 

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