by Bill Mason
Going into the third week of August, the fishing is very healthy but at times difficult. Some hatches on a few streams are beginning to weaken and thus we are entering into a transition period where fishing will remain good but hatch and fly selection will be somewhat problematic. Let?s have a look at each stream and their present status.
SILVER CREEK? Fishing has been very good but there is no question that Trico is beginning to lose some of its steam, which I might add, is typical.
The duration of the hatch and the quantity of bugs seen hitting the water have diminished considerably over what was seen a few weeks ago. Regardless, it is still a hatch to be dealt with and as a result, you still need to carry either or both a Dave?s Trico or a Hi-Viz Trico #22 to get results. Seen in greater quantity and for a longer period of time is the little Beatis spinner. A Mason Quill Beatis Spinner #22 readily takes fish. Afternoon fishing has been weak. You can fish some Ant, Beatle and Damselfly imitations with some random, but not great success.
One thing missing or in short supply on the Creek as well as the Big Wood is the grasshopper population. Obviously, the early season rains which create a fungus on the underground eggs and pupa of the hoppers, killed many of the adults-to-be. As a result, we are just not seeing the quantities of hoppers that are usually present. You might try and fish a few but success probably will be limited. Callibeatis in the pond and floating area is still early but it may be worth a try.
BIG WOOD RIVER? Fishing has been very strong in the morning and early afternoon mainly because Trico is present in good quantities. Along with a few Beatis, it keeps the fish rising through the early part of the day. Fly patterns are still quite simple with a Parachute Adams #18-20 getting by far, the best results. Small Copper John?s and Bead Head Pheasant Tails #14-18 are moving fish underneath. As I mentioned in the Silver Creek report, grasshopper fishing has not been its usual best. That said, I still would be throwing a few, for you never know when the big guy just might be interested. Evening fishing is also good with Parachute Caddis #14-16, Rusty Spinners #16 and Para Adams #14-16 but all the fishing is short lived and right at dusk.
BIG LOST? Has been good but difficult, mostly in the mornings. Trico is the main hatch but the fish are very selective to many of the imitations presented. Said another way, presentation has to be very precise for success. Unfortunately, a Para Adams and a Hi-Viz Trico Spinner #22 (you can see them) works, if presented correctly. Our up-hooked Cranefly pattern #8 works reasonably well in the afternoon for the occasional big fish. Unusual as it seems, nymphing has not been strong with Wine and Zebra Copper Johns doing about as good as anything.
WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK? Both have been producing fish, but most of them have been small. Some good size planted fish will be found using Elk Hair Caddis #14-16 and Para Adams #16. Prince Nymphs are also effective.
PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK? Once again, a great place to take the kids for planted fish using bait, spinners and flies.