Friday, July 27, 2007

Fishing Report by Bill Mason


Fishing has remained steady but I can't help but wonder what effect the continuing hot weather will bring us in the near future. We are already seeing some effects in terms of hatches or lack thereof and as a result, the next few weeks are going to be quite interesting.

Silver Creek -- Trico and Beatis are still the main players but hatch quantities and duration have been very inconsistent. Once again, a Dave's Trico #22, Hi-Viz Trico Spinner #22 and a Mason Quill Beatis Spinner will take fish. The only question remaining is how many shots at fish you will get before the hatch disappears for the day. We have to remind ourselves that we are fully three weeks ahead of schedule and that we are fishing a hatch type we would normally begin to see in mid-August. Normally Trico will last through August but this year could be another story. The only other remaining question is what will August bring? Will the September Callibeatis emerge early as well? I guess time will tell.

Big Wood -- It has been very productive despite the fact that the water temperatures range between 65 and 68 degrees, depending on where you are fishing. The water temps get higher the further south you go. The best fishing is in the morning and evening with mid-afternoon shutting down a bit. There is no real hatch to speak of therefore a variety of patterns will work. Fly size is important and a Para Adams #18, Yellow Para Adams #18 and a Para Hares Ear #18 will take fish. In the afternoon, I began to get refusals even with size 18's and I can only think that size 20's and 6X are right around the corner. Copper John #14 readily take fish underneath and you get some Caddis activity about one hour before dark.

Big Lost -- Still pretty high but fishermen are making it work fishing big Prince Nymphs #10-12 and Copper Johns #12. We are also getting good reports of fishing big Crane Fly imitations by either skating them on the surface or just under the surface as well. Copper Basin is also producing some Brook Trout and some Cutthroat using standard patterns.

Warm Spring/Trail Creek -- Both are getting quite low and although we are catching fish, they tend to be small in size. Neither would be my first choice to wet a line.

Penny Lake/Lake Creek -- Continually planted making the fishing on both very good using both flies and bait. Still the best place for kids.




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