Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason

Fishing and fishing conditions are pretty much the same as they've been the past few weeks. Water levels are good and holding steady and the fishing is quite productive. I don't see much change in the week to come. Let's take a peak:

SILVER CREEK—Fishing nicely in the morning but there is no question Trico is short lived and on its way out. It has disappeared completely on the Purdy property. The Beatis spinner is still a player and a Mason Quill Beatis Spinner #22 is needed to take fish. Trico is still seen on the Conservancy and a Dave's Trico Spinner will do the job. Unfortunately the spinner fall doesn't last very long. I would begin to look for Callibeatis in the afternoon in the pond area. It's normally not seen until September but all bets are off this year. Like everything else, this hatch could start early. This is an emergence and not a spinner fall that you normally would see. So you should expect results by fishing a Thorax Speckled Dun #18 and a Crippled Callibeatis #18. Ants, Beatles and Blue Damsel Flies can also work in the afternoon.

BIG WOOD RIVER—Water levels have remained constant so it continues to fish well, an excellent example of how good a river system the Wood is. Trico is seen in the morning. A Parachute Adams #18 and a Parachute Hares Ear #18 will do the job. These patterns will continue to produce into the afternoon. For the larger fish, Copper Johns #12-14, Zebra Johns #12-14 and Prince Nymphs #14-16, fished underneath the surface will work. Grasshopper patterns, either Parachute or regular will also move some big fish but it is 50-50 whether they take the fly or refuse it. Regardless, it's still worth a shot.

BIG LOST—Water levels have also remained the same. So the river is fishing but not yet at ideal levels for wading. And it's fishing some of the hatches seen this time of year. Fishing sub-surface will work best using Copper Johns #10-12, Prince Nymphs #12 and San Juan Worms. Fishing and skating Crane Fly patterns across the surface in the afternoon can also be effective but it does come with a word of warning. It's wise to have your heels firmly dug into the gravel. That's because the strikes coming to a swinging fly can be downright vicious.

WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Water is low and fish are small, but the fish have been very active on both pieces of water. Every pool or riffle produces two or three fish. A Para Adams #16 , old "Mr. Reliable" is all you need to move fish.

PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Planted on a regular basis, both are great places for young kids.

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