Fly Rod and Reel Magazine ranked Boise State University as #3 in the Fly Fishing Top 10 Colleges. Below is the excerpt on Boise, or click here for the full article.
Fly Fishing Top 10 Colleges
Picking a college is hard, but don’t forget the most important question: How’s the fishing?
by Zach Matthews
Boise State University
Location: Boise, Idaho
Best Nearby Fishery: Snake River
Key Species: Cutthroat trout, steelhead
Cost: $19,000 to $31,000
Pro Tip: Arguably the strongest football school in the Mountain West, Boise State has built a national reputation for winning—and for hanging on to its coaches. It is a sure-bet candidate for a berth in the years after 2014, when the NCAA goes to a football playoff format.
With the Boise River flowing literally through campus, your biggest fishing bottleneck will be the time it takes to pull up your waders. Despite being a state away from the Pacific Ocean, Boise gets a steelhead run, albeit of hatchery fish. In addition, wild—and sometimes large—brown trout and native redband rainbows are river-resident year ’round, meaning even in the coldest months you can wet a line. And of course the warm winds of April and May triggers massive hatches on all area rivers, including the South and Middle forks of the Boise and the Owyhee . . . right after final exams.