Friday, July 18, 2008

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason

Most all of our river systems are now in prime shape and all have been fishing quite nicely. Hatches have been strong and should continue through the week and the rest of the month. If there is ever a time to be on the water, the time is now. Let's have a look at what you can expect to find out there.

SILVER CREEK—Hatches have been strong. Depending on where you put in, Trico is our main player. Prior to the actual frenzy of the spinner fall, you can fish a Trico Dun to the occasional riser. White/Black No-Hackle #20 does the trick. For the spinners a Dave's Trico #22 is deadly. The little Beatis spinner is also seen but it has been a little inconsistent and the fish have not got on them. That will change. A Mason Quill Spinner #22 works exceptionally well. Callibeatis is seen in the floating section and a Partridge Spinner #16-18 will take fish. Blue Damsels appear in the afternoon and are a good alternative for those wishing to continue fishing the Creek.

BIG WOOD RIVER—Water levels are down, hatches have been good and the fishing has been excellent. Green Drakes have been our primary hatch but for this week you will only see them north of Ketchum. Regular and Hair-Winged Drakes #12, Para Adams and Para Hares Ear #12 move fish. Yellow Stone Flies are present and Yellow Stimulators #12-14 take fish in the fast water. Pink Albert's #14-16 are also seen in abundance. My Para Pink Albert's takes fish and is easily seen on the water. Copper Johns #12-14, Zebra Midge Pupa #18 and Prince Nymphs #12 are also taking fish. You might begin to look for Caddis in the evening for this is the time of year they begin to appear. Parachute Caddis #14-20 should be carried and fished effectively.

BIG LOST—Water levels are also down in the Basin. Green Drakes, Yellow Stones Western Quills, and the Cream Duns of E. deceptiva are hatching. Para Adams $12-16, Stimulators #10-14 and Parachute PMD's #16 all seem to catch fish. Below the reservoir, the water is still high enough to make getting around and wading uncomfortable.

WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Both are clear and fishable. Para Adams #14-16, Olive Stimulators #14, Para Caddis #14-16 and a Prince Nymph #14 are about all you'll need.

PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—Always good for planted fish using both flies and bait.

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