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For the week of August 13 - 19, 2003


Fishing Report

by Bill Mason

There is something about the first week of August that makes the fishing difficult and this year is no exception. Last week the fishing became flat tough. Moving fish to the fly was not the easiest of task but as we moved into the weekend, things improved greatly. Let’s see what’s going on.

Still fishing quite nicely. Although the Trico hatch varies in intensity for day to day, along with Beatis, it is still the main player on the Creek. A Dave’s Trico #22 does the job when the spinners fall to the water and if you get there early, we have been taking a few fish with a Trico Nymph #22. If and when the Little Beatis Spinners show up, our Quill Beatis Spinner #22 is quite effective. Once again, the fish size is not quite what we would like but the quantity is good for future years. Good fish can be found if you look.

Last week it got damnable tough but as we moved into the weekend things improved greatly. Best fishing is still in the morning. There isn’t much of anything hatching except for the small little Crane Fly and some Trico in the morning. We are taking some good fish using a variety of patterns all of which are small in size. Parachute Adams #16-18, Rusty Spinners #16-18, Yellow Crane Flies #16, Humpy’s #18 and even a small Royal Wulff #18 are taking fish. If you do fish the afternoons, Dave’s Hopper and Parachute Hopper #12-14 are your best choice. The hot weather has not made the Wood user friendly but as hatches improve, the rest of the month should be good.

Mostly small Brookies in the main stream. Fishing is not great but can be a lot of fun. Yellow and regular Para Adams and Gulper Specials #14-16 work just fine.

If the wind blows as it has the last week, the water becomes off color and the fishing can get tough. As a result, fishing in the morning is best. Trico is around if the wind doesn’t blow it off, but the best patterns are small Parachute Adams #18-20 and Blue Winged Olives #18. Small Prince and Bead Head Prince Nymphs #14-16 are effective underneath as well as San Juan Worms.

Planted on a regular basis, fishing on both has been good. Humpy’s, Elk Hair Caddis, Para Adams and Para Caddis #14- 16’s work on the surface. Prince Nymphs #12-14 work underneath.

Also planted regularly and fish well for both the fly and spin fishermen.



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