Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason

Things are looking much better. Although water levels remain high, the water has cleared enough to fish in very selected spots. Overall, fishing has held up nicely and should get better as the weeks move forward. Let's have a look at what you can expect to find.


· SILVER CREEK—Although the creek has seen a great deal of fishing pressure, fishing has been quite good. There has been some Pale Morning Duns hatching but the primary surface activity has been with Beatis Spinners and Beatles. The Mason Beatis Spinner #22 takes fish with a well-presented fly and our foam Beatle #12-16 do the job when nothing else is hatching. It is also wise to carry some PMD Parachutes and Cut-Wing Parachutes #18 if a few PMD's show up. A Flashback Pheasant Tail #14-16 will work sub-surface.

· BIG WOOD RIVER—The Wood is still high and dangerous to wade. If you are extremely cautious, it is clear enough to fish in selected places. Find and get to some side channels or back eddies and you might find some success. I would not look for much surface activity. As a result, fishing big weighted nymphs with some additional split-shot added, will probably be your best productive choice. Golden Stones #8, Bead-Head and regular Prince Nymphs #8-10 and Bead- Head Wooly Buggers #6-8 are just a few of the patterns I would be throwing. Just remember, the river is still nothing to fool with and will knock you down in a second if you decide to be a hero. Be very careful out there.

· COPPER BASIN—Reports so far are very sketchy but someone did report some decent fishing, very high up on the East Fork. Can't confirm it but I would imagine a Para Adams #12-14, The Purple Haze #12-14 and some Price Nymphs #10-12 could take fish. The main body of the East Fork is still carrying too much water to be effective.

· WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Trail Creek is still out of shape and is always the last one to clear, but Warm Springs is very fishable and is producing. Para Adams #14, Stimulators #12, Purple Haze #14 and Prince Nymphs #12 will take fish.

· PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Both are stocked regularly and will work well for both the bait and fly fishermen. Because everything is still too high and dangerous, these are still the best choices to take kids.

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