Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason

Although water levels are still high making for tough wading, late last week we saw a vast improvement in our dry fly fishing. The fish are now looking up and eating. Perhaps more importantly, the high, cool water has stalled some hatches making for some exciting fishing for the weeks to come.

· SILVER CREEK—Not many changes. Beatis spinners and Callibeatis are quite prevalent in the morning. A Mason Beatis Spinner #22, a Partridge Spinner #16 and a Thorax Speckled Dun #16 will take those feeding fish. Although a variety of nymphs will work, Olive Fresh Water Shrimp patterns #16 have been very effective. Afternoons have been slower but Blue Damselfly will move some very large fish. In the evenings, PMDs have been seen in some decent quantities. Although it is still early, you also might be seeing some Trico by this weekend. So, you might add Trico to the mix.

· BIG WOOD RIVER—Significant changes have taken place on the Wood. The water levels are still high, making for some tough wading and maneuvering. But where you can get in the water, the dry fly fishing is great. It exploded late last week. More importantly, because of the high, cool water we have experienced, the Green Drake is still alive and well. Upon closer inspection, there is still an abundant amount of nymphs left to hatch thus making for some great surface activity for this week and maybe more. Mason Green Drakes #10-12, Rubber-Legged Green Drakes #10-12, Hair-Winged Green Drakes #12 and Parachute Olive Hares Ear #12 will move fish. Green Drake Nymphs #10 are also effective. Have fun but be careful.

· BIG LOST—Water levels are still higher then I would like to see but they have dropped enough to where the East Fork or Copper Basin MIGHT just fish. Stimulators #10-12, Parachute Adams #12-14, Green Drakes #12 9 (it has this hatch as well) and Prince Nymphs #10-12 are the flies of choice. The Lost below the reservoir is still carrying much too much water to wade and fish effectively.

· WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—As of late, both have been fished hard but both are still fishing nicely. Bead Head Prince Nymphs #12-14, Regular and Yellow Para Adams #14 and Para Hares Ear #14 will all move some fish to the fly.

· PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Still the place of choice to take kids. Planted heavily, bait and flies are both effective.

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