Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason

The fishing keeps marching along with good success being found on most all of our fishing waters. In some cases, we're actually seeing some improvement. Depending upon where you choose to cast a fly, it's the time of the month where changes to hatches begin to take place. And that will both increase and decrease our success rate. Let's look at what to expect.

· SILVER CREEK—Trico and Beatis are still our main players but it is the time of the month where both the quantity and duration of Trico begin to wane a bit. The hatches are still great to fish and should continue for the next ten days or so but they tend to be shorter in length. Our Hi-Viz and a Dave Trico #22 does the job nicely. A Mason Quill Beatis Spinner #22 works well when Beatis appears after Trico. Although it's still very early, I might begin looking for Callibeatis Duns in the floating section above and below Kilpatrick bridge. Normally it's more of a September hatch. You might find a few bugs bopping early and a Thorax Speckled Dun #18 should work.

· BIG WOOD RIVER—Although there is no serious hatch to speak of, we're beginning to show improvement in finding better fish size that has been somewhat void the past few weeks. Small Parachute and Dave's Hoppers #12-14 are moving some good fish and Regular and Yellow Adams #18, Para Caddis #16 and Parachute Red Quill #16 continue to work throughout the day. A few Gray Drakes (Siphlornurous) have been seen but because this is a backwater Mayfly that crawls out to emerge, only the spinners become important. Throwing a big Gray Wulff #10-12 might get scattered results. Nymph fishing has been unusually slow.

· COPPER BASIN—We've had only scattered reports but for the most part, the fishing has been somewhat inconsistent. A few fish can be found but you have to work at it. Small Stimulators #14, Para Hoppers #14 and Para Adams will move a few fish throughout the day.

· BIG LOST—Depending upon where you park yourself (and this is critical), fishing has been quite good. Craneflys and Caddis have been seen in good quantity thus providing some decent dry fly activity. That said, the most consistent fishing is still with nymphs such as Copper Johns #14, Bead Head Soft Hackles #14-16 and as always, Prince Nymphs #12-14. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, because of the higher water, I would not expect to find the great Trico hatches we have experienced the last few years. They might be found in some highly select spots but they won't be universal.

· WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Both have been fishing quite well. Although the quantity is good, most of the fish are small, with an occasional nice fish appearing right out of the blue. Regardless, they can be fun, especially if you are a beginning fly fishermen learning the ropes. Para Adams, Para Hares Ears #14-16 and a Prince Nymph do nicely.

· PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—As always, a great place to take kids for planted fish. Bait Spinners and flys should all be successful. Have fun.

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