by Bill Mason
At present, fishing is pretty darn good but
because water levels are lower then I expected for this time of year, more
precise fishing methods are needed for success. I thought there would be higher
water, so hatches I didnít think would be relevant may now become very
important. Letís have a look at whatís going on.
∑ SILVER CREEKó
Fishing well mainly because of Trico. Although fish size is a tad smaller then
in past year, pods or quantities of fish are good and with some larger fish
being taken, the "Creek" is a good bet to fish. For Trico, our Daveís Trico #22
does the job. Although I donít expect it to last much longer, if PMD spinners
fall in the middle of Trico, a Gray/Yellow No Hackle #18 works nicely. Itís also
smart to carry a few Beatis Quill Spinners #22 just in case they make their
∑ BIG WOOD RIVERó
Actually, the water levels on the Wood are lower than I thought they would be
for this time of year. So, hatches I thought would not become important because
of their size, now could become players. Keep in mind that smaller fly size and
good fly presentation are needed to become successful. Standard patterns are
still the norm. Regular and Yellow Parachute Adams #16-18, Rusty Spinners #13-18
and Bead Head Copper Jonís #16 seem to be doing the best job, especially in the
morning hours. In addition, Trico could be important in the flat water sections.
In the afternoons, Hopper patterns are moving some good fish and a Parachute
Hopper #12-14 seem to be doing the best job. Caddis in the evening is waning but
a Rusty Spinner #16 works pretty well.
∑ COPPER BASINó
Fishing nicely in selected areas. Standard patterns are doing the best job.
Parachute Hares Ear #14, Gulper Specials #14-16 and Parachute Hoppers #12-14
will take fish. Take noteóas I write this, the road over Trail Creek has been
closed because of a slide from the rains. Check before venturing over.
∑ BIG LOSTó
I canít remember when the Big Lost
was this low at this time of year. Running at 176 cfs, obviously, a new
management policy is in place to conserve future water needs. As a result,
fishing could be great. Itís still a nymphing situation using Copper Jonís
#14-16, Bead Head Prince #14-16, San Juan Worms and Flashback Pheasant Tails
#16. Because of the low water, dry fly fishing could be great using Para Adams
#14-16 and Crane Flies. Trico, as it was last year, will also become very
important as well.
∑ WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEKó
Because they are planted on a regular basis, both are fishing quite well with
Trail Creek getting the nod. Parachute Adams, Humpyís and Gulper Specials size
14-16 as well as Prince Nymphs #14 will take fish.
∑ PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEKó
Also planted regularly and work well for both the bait and fly fishermen.