Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason

The way I see it, if we can get through this week, we may get over the hump in terms of snow runoff that remains in the backcountry. Temperatures are due to climb dramatically this week. Hot weather will undoubtedly blow most of our rivers out, making them unfishable. How long these conditions will last is anybody's guess but I hope it happens quickly. Fishing is still a little spotty but then again, it's not all bad. Let's have a look at where you can wet a line.

· SILVER CREEK—Probably your best opportunity to fish this week. The fishing and the hatches have been a little inconsistent, not at all unusual for this time of year. The Pale Morning Dun, Callibeatis and some Beatis spinners are the main hatches you'll see—if you see any at all. PMD Parachutes #18, Thorax Callibeatis #16, Speckled Spinners #16 and a Mason Quill Spinner #22 should do the job if and when hatches occur. The most consistent and most productive method is with nymphs. Flashback Pheasant Tail #14-16, Bead Head Pheasant Tail #16, PMD Nymph #14 and a small Hares Ear #16 should do the job.

· BIG WOOD RIVER—A day-to-day situation. Maybe by the weekend we will have something to fish but I'm not sure. If it is fishable, nymphs will continue to be the best method but our main July hatches of Green Drakes, Western Quills and Yellow Stoneflies should not be far behind. Let's just hope the water is not too high and in decent shape when they show.

· BIG LOST—Running at 775 cfs and pretty tough to fish. Big nymphs might be effective but be careful.

· WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—See the Wood River section.

· PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Has plenty of fish and should be very good using flies, bait and spinners.

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