People come from all over the world to visit Silver Creek. What draws them here?
An easy answer might be: Big trout.
And certainly Silver Creek has plenty of big trout. But is that why people really visit?
You can catch the biggest fish of your life on such waters.
The largest freshwater fish on earth are right now caught in urban ponds of Bangkok managed specifically for trophy fishing. Mekong giant catfish, Asian carp, barramundi, giant snakehead, pacu—a weird menagerie of fish from around the globe, fed constantly so that they attain world-record sizes.
The angler sits in a pavilion and is served Thai food and beer while waiting for a bite from a fish that can be six feet long.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that such fishing would hold no appeal.
At Silver Creek, you can fish for big trout in one of the prettiest streams in the country. There’s the mule deer splashing across the stream at daybreak, the mink stealthily hunting along the banks, the clouds of mayflies, the haunting cries of sandhill cranes. The evening light. The clouds of mayflies. The open spaces.
Let’s keep Silver Creek one of the best trout streams in the country—for its big trout, yes, but also for the ranchland and the mule deer and the open space. --Matt Miller