Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Fishing Report by Bill Mason

by Bill Mason

Fishing has remained strong but things are changing. Some hatches have moved on for the year. Meanwhile, new insect activity has appeared, replacing the old. As a result fishing techniques are changing to find the bigger fish. Predicted warm temperatures this week will have an effect on the fishing and the fisherman. Take care in protecting yourself. Let's take a look at what you might find over July 4th.

SILVER CREEK—Has been decent but because the hatches have been miniscule, the fishing hasn't been easy. There are a few PMDs seen, however, the main hatch has been Beatis spinners. Until Trico shows up mid-month, it will probably remain the main player on the Creek for the next couple of weeks. My Quill Beatis Spinner #22 will take all the fish you want. In addition, we have taken some fish on Ants and Beatles #14-18 and some Blue Damsels #10. As always, Flashback Pheasant Tails #16-18 will move some fish. Other than that, just wait this time period out, for in a short few weeks, the Creek will come into its own.

BIG WOOD RIVER—Now that the Green Drakes have moved on, we're back to fishing some of the more conventional patterns that are common to the Wood. Yellow Stoneflys and Cream Duns of E. deceptiva are prevalent. Fishing Yellow Stimulators #14 and Yellow Parachute Adams #14-16 will move fish on the surface. It is also the time of year to find the better fish. But you may have to go underneath. A Copper John #14-16 has been quite successful.

BIG LOST—At 480 cfs, it is still high and difficult to wade. But if you can find spots where the river opens up, there is some great fishing with the almost blizzard-like hatch of Yellow Sallies and to a lesser degree PMDs hatching midday. Yellow Stimulators #12, Yellow Para Adams and PMD Cutwing Parachutes #16-18 should do the job. Fished deep, Prince Nymphs #10-12 will also take fish. A word of caution to those fishing the waters just above the Reservoir. DON'T ATTEMPT TO DRIVE IN. You will get stuck. Instead, park and walk in. One more note: There's not much out of Copper Basin other then small Brookies.

WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Will be heavily planted this week and the fishing should be great. Para Adams #14, Prince Nymphs #12, Elk Hair Caddis #14 and Para Hares Ear is about all you'll need to take fish. Have fun but for those of you intent upon taking a limit of fish, save some for your fellow fishermen.

PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Will also be heavily planted for the 4th. An assortment of bait and flies will take fish. It's still the best place to take the kids.

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