by Bill Mason
Certainly I'd like to see bigger fish coming to the fly but in general terms the quantity of fish being caught has improved recently. Hatches should get more significant and should bring larger trout to the surface. It's been a strange year but as we approach the latter weeks of August, fishing should get better and better. September could be "off the charts" great. Let's check:
SILVER CREEK—Continues to be great fishing. Trico and Beatis spinners are still our main hatches but Trico should begin to wane in terms of quantity and duration. Dave's Trico Spinner #22, our Hi-Viz Trico #22 and Mason Quill Beatis Spinner #22 are about all you need. I thought PMD spinners were gone for the year but they've reappeared. It might be wise to carry a few Cut-Winged PMD's #16-18 just in case. It's still early but you might begin to look for Callibeatis duns hatching in the floating section of the upper and lower pond area in the afternoons. A great September afternoon hatch, Callibeatis duns get smaller so a Thorax Callibeatis and a Gulper Special #18 will take fish. Crippled Callibeatis and a Callibeatis Nymph #18 are also effective. Blue Damsels also take fish.
BIG WOOD RIVER—As water levels approach more normal condition, more and more fish are coming to the fly. I'd like to see the larger fish appearing more frequently. In general, however, fishing is pretty good. In terms of hatches, we're seeing some Beatis, a few Pink Alberts (Heptagenia not Epeorus), Caddis and some small Stoneflies, plus some Trico in the quiet water. The fly patterns you use are not necessarily important but fly size is—as of last week. Para Adams #18, Para Hares Ear #18-20, Parachute Caddis #18 and the Purple Haze #18 will all move fish. Parachute Hoppers #10 and a Dave's Hopper #8 will work on the occasional large fish. Flashback Pheasant Tail #16 used as a dropper will also take fish.
BIG LOST—In an ongoing effort to establish cutthroat trout in the Copper Basin, they have planted the upper and lower sections of the East Fork with cutthroats, making fishing quite decent. In the main body of the East Fork, fish can be found but you need to do a bit of hiking between runs of water to find them. Patterns are simple with Para Adams #14-16, Stimulators #12-14 and Yellow Parachute Adams 16. Below the reservoir, it can be fished in selected spots but the water is still too high to fish effectively. Because of irrigation needs, this may be the case for weeks to come. Sorry. The farmers don't ask for my advice.
WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Fishing quite well but the catches are small. Regular and Beads Head Prince #14 are taking fish below the surface. Para Adams#16, Royal Wulff's #18 and Elk Hair Caddis #14-16 are taking fish on the surface.
PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Always good for the kids who want to catch a few fish with spinners and bait. Flies are effective as well.