Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason


Fishing conditions have not changed much from last week and in fact, we have actually seen an increase in flows. Last week, the river was dropping about 100 cfs a day but over the weekend, it actually shot up a bit. I can't imagine that this will continue and by the weekend, things should be a lot better. Let's see what going on.

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· SILVER CREEK—If somebody can find the "off" button to shut the wind off, things would be a lot better. Although we are making it work, the wind does play hell with the hatches. Little Beatis Spinners, and Beatles are dominant with some Callibeatis and PMD"s thrown in for good measure. Flies consist of a Mason Quill Spinner #22, Foam Beatles #14-16, Cut-wing and Parachute PMD's, Thorax and Partridge Spinners #16. Regular and Flashback Pheasant Tails #16 and Callibeatis Nymphs #16 work nicely underneath. In the upper reaches, you might look for the occasional Green Drake.

· BIG WOOD RIVER—Water levels remain a problem. As I mentioned above, the river has actually increased its flow. Clarity is good and therefore, fish can be taken in selected spots. Green Drakes and Golden Stone are being seen in good quantities but unfortunately, my biggest fears are coming true. With so much water in the river, the fish can't find them unless it's in a back channel. As a result, much of our success is coming from Bead Head Wooly Buggers #6-8, Regular and Bead Head Prince Nymph #8-10 and Rubber-Legged Golden Stone Nymphs #8. Hopefully, by the weekend condition will improve significantly where we might be able to fish some of the hatches but until then, be damn careful wading out there.

· BIG LOST—Still a ton of water up there making the East Fork marginal. Still over 1000 cfs going in the reservoir and 940 going out. It's going to be a late season on the Lost but if you going up there you might have some luck with small fish in upper Summit Creek.

· WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Trail Creek is still carrying too much water to be effective but Warm Springs is quite fishable using Parachute Regular and Purple Adams #12-14,Yellow Simulators#12 and Bead Head Prince Nymph #14.

· PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Both are loaded with fish and can be taken with both bait and flies. Spinners and Lures have been slow.




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