Friday, June 8, 2007

Fishing Report by Bill Mason

Fishing has been a bit spotty but for this time of year, it is better than normal with a great deal more variety at our disposal. Although we are going to see a weather change this week, we should begin to see better surface activity on all of our waters. Let's take a look at what you might expect.

SILVER CREEK—The big news is the Brown Drake was seen last week. By all reports, however, it has been a spotty at best. If it is going to happen in earnest, it will probably pop this week. That is, if the weather change does not get it. So you may be able to fish it into the weekend when the temperatures begin to warm. Because the emergence and spinner fall coincide, you need to carry Brown Drake Paradrakes #10, B. D. Spinners, both to be fished accordingly. Even Brown Drake Emergers and Brown Drake Nymphs aren't bad to carry. During the day hatches have also been spotty which is also very typical. A few PMD's, Callibeatis and Beatis have been seen but for the most part, most fish have been taken underneath with Flashback Pheasant Tails #16 and at my suggestion small Wooly Buggers #12-14. For those fishing on the surface, PMD Parachutes #16-18, Thorax Specked Duns #16, small Blue Winged Olives #20-22 and some Ants and Beatles will take fish. If the wind is blowing, big Green Drake #10 patterns took some nice fish.

BIG WOOD RIVER—Has been fishing nicely and we've actually taken a few fish on the surface. Have seen a few of the larger Beatis and a few Green Drakes and some fish have been taken with large Parachute Adams #12-14. For the most part the best and most successful fishing has been underneath. Regular and Bead Head Prince Nymphs #10-12, Pheasant Tails #12, Copper Johns #12 and Golden Stone Nymphs #8 seem to all take fish. The Wood has been fished very lightly so success should be quite good.

BIG LOST—The river has been running high which makes it tough to wade and move around. So I don't have much to report. Unfortunately it probably will be this way through most of June. If you are going to give it a shot, do so with big nymphs and some split shot to get the flies down. Just be careful wading.

WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Both are in great shape and because of that, I thought both were going to fish better than they presently are. We are taking fish on Warm Springs with Para Adams #14-16, Yellow Stimulators #14-16 and Prince Nymphs #12-14. Because hatches haven't yet kicked in, it's not a "fish every cast" type of situation. But it's still fun.

PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Both heavily planted over Memorial Day and both still have good quantities of fish swimming about. Flies have been very effective on the surface in addition to both bait and spinners.

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