Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason

As in past weeks, water conditions and fishing are improving but at a very slow rate. Regardless, there is some decent fishing to be had, you just need to dig it out. Unfortunately, it will probably be mid-July before things begin to open up. Let take a look at what you can expect to see this week.


· SILVER CREEK—Has been fishing nicely,mostly in the morning and evening. Afternoons have been spotty because of the hot weather. The main hatch has been the Beatis spinner. The Mason Beatis Spinner #22 has also been deadly. Callibeatis is present and a Gulper Special #14-16 as well as a Thorax Callibeatis #16 will take fish. The PMD's have been weak but you always need to carry a few imitations just in case. PMD Parachute #18 and Cut- Wing PMD's #18 will do the trick. Ants and Foam Beatles #16-18 are also effective.

· BIG WOOD RIVER—Still very high but it can be fished in very selective places. Green Drakes, Golden Stones, small Yellow Stone and the Western Quill have been seen in good quantities but unfortunately, the fish are not finding them. Consequently the surface activity is very limited. Some very large fish have been hooked using Copper Johns #12 and Prince Nymph #8-12 but once they get in the fast water, you have no chance. It's like "see ya later". One thing I can say is that once the water levels do drop, the late July and August fishing on the Wood could be the best we have seen in years. Just gotta to be a little patient.

· COPPER BASIN/BIG LOST—No real report but with nearly 1000 cfs still going in Mackay Reservoir and just under 1000 cfs going out, both the Basin and the Lower Lost should be marginal at best.

· WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Warm Springs has been fishing quite well with some surprisingly large fish being found in the lower reaches. Parachute Adams #14, Purple Haze #14-16 and Yellow Stimulators #12 are good on the surface and Bead Head Prince #14 will take fish underneath. We are taking a few fish on Trail Creek but it is still running high and slightly off-color.

· PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Planted heavily for the Fourth, good for kids using bait and flies.

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