Boise Valley Fly Fishers
Since 1971


Steve Banks Whitefish Derby 2024: In Person

  • 23 Mar 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • South Fork Boise River


Registration is closed



March 23, 2024

South Fork of the Boise, below Anderson Ranch Dam

8:30 AM - Sign In at Village Boat Launch (See detailed map below)

9:00 AM - Fishing Starts

3:00 PM – Derby Ends (please return to Village Boat Launch to report your catch results)

3:00 to 4:00 PM - Lunch will be provided for ALL and consist of Chili, Hot Dogs, chips, and soda provided by BVFF.

4:00 The 2024 Steve Banks Memorial Whitefish Derby awards.

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 Species:

Mountain Whitefish

Boat/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.

Acknowledgement of Understanding:

Acknowledgement of Understanding: I affirm that I am voluntarily participating in this activity:

2024 BVFF Steve Banks Memorial Whitefish Derby

Date: March 23, 2024

and further acknowledge that I know and understand the inherent risks. I assume full responsibility for all sickness, injuries or damages that may occur to me because of participating in the named event. By registering I acknowledge that the Boise Valley Fly Fishers are not responsible for any illness or injury associated with my participation in the named event.

BVFF Host:

BVFF Outings Team

Host: Glenn Anders

Chef du Jour: Brian Martin

By tradition, the previous year winner is asked to lead the cooking.  Steve Banks was the 2023 Winner but sadly passed away September 2023.  This year's event has been named in his honor.


If you have questions, please send an email to:

Detailed map to Village Boat Launch:


1.    All participants must be current BVFF members for 2024.

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 3:00 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 Whitefish Derby continues with the in-person event, held at the South Fork Boise River.

5.    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.

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


As required in our permit from Idaho Fish and Game (IDF&G) for this event, we will comply with this section:

Tournament Permits — All boats and/or anglers are required to have a copy of this permit in their possession during the event.

Prior to the start of the outing, we will forward to you a PDF copy of the permit. We request that you keep a copy of the permit on your mobile phone or print a copy to have you during the BVFF sponsored derby.


1st Place:  Longest Fish: A $25.00 gift certificate from a Western Idaho Fly Fishing EXPO 2023 Sponsor or BVFF Folding Buck Knife (winner's choice)

2nd Place:  Drawing: Remaining prize


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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