Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fishing Report by Bill Mason

Fishing seems to improve with each passing day. If my predictions are correct, this coming weekend could be the start of some great angling opportunities. Significant hatches should begin to appear making for some great dry fly activity. Let's take a look at what I am talking about and what you might expect.

SILVER CREEK—The Creek has been fishing reasonably well for this time of year, especially if there is a sight breeze to give the water a little chop. Some PMD's and Callibeatis are seen but the main hatch has been the little Beatis spinner. My Quill Beatis Spinner #22 has been deadly. If the wind does blow a Parachute PMD #16-18 and a Thorax Speckled Dun #16 have been very effective. As always, fishing Regular and Flashback Pheasant Tails #14-18 will take fish under all conditions.

BIG WOOD RIVER—It should get hotter with each passing day. We are seeing more Green Drakes and the Western Quills on the water. It is my guess, and it's only a guess, that this coming weekend could be fantastic. Our Green Drake #12, Rubber Legged Green Drake #12, Olive Parachute Hares Ear #12-14 and a Para Adams #14 should move fish. In the morning hours, fishing Green Drake Nymphs $12 and a Prince Nymph #10-12 will not only find fish, it will attract the larger fish as well. Some Yellow Stimulators #12-14 can also be an alternative choice.

BIG LOST—Still a bit high to wade effectively. But it is fishing if you want to brave the current. It is also the time of year that the small yellow Stones and PMD's begin to show and you just might find some good surface activity in selected places. Yellow Stimulators #12-14 and Parachute PMD #16-18 should do the job. As always, Prince Nymphs #10 and Copper Johns #12 fished deep will be effective day in and day out. Although we have not been up there, Copper Basin might be a great bet to check out. It has some of the great hatches this time of year, even stronger then the Big Wood. The question will be, how many fish you will find feeding to them.

WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Both are in good shape and fishing quite nicely. The Western Quill should also be seen on Warm Springs and a Hares Ear Parachute #14 will take fish. Para Adams #14-16 and Prince Nymphs #14 are always good flies to carry as well as Stimulators and Caddis patterns.

PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Both still have an abundant supply of fish and are still the place of choice to take the kids. Bait, Spinners and flies will all work.

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