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For the week of September 3 - 9, 2003

Sports

Fishing Report

by Bill Mason


Best fishing is beginning to shift from mornings to midday into the afternoon periods. This is typical, for as the morning get cooler, the best hatch activity begins to occur in the afternoon or the warmest part of the day. New hatches are beginning to appear which makes September fishing some of the best of the year.


·  SILVER CREEK
Some Beatis are seen in the late morning but most of all the hatch activity has shifted to the afternoon. Callibeatis is seen midday in the floating section below Kilpatrick bridge and should be around through the middle of the month when our fall Beatis (B. bicauditis) or Blue Winged Olives take’s over. Our Quill Beatis Spinner #22 will work for the mid-morning hatch and a Thorax or Parachute and a Crippled Callibeatis #18 will work for the afternoon activity. Callibeatis nymphs #18 can also be deadly. In addition, you might want to carry the above patterns in size 20, for the duns tend to get smaller as the each week passes.

·  BIG WOOD RIVER—
Fishing is shifting into the afternoon. Trico is still seen in the mornings but is now becoming a non-player. Beatis is the midday hatch of choice. A Parachute Blue Winged Olive #18, Parachute Adams #18-20, Gulper Special #18-20 and Pink Albert’s #16-18 are all taking fish. We are also seeing a few Chocolate Duns of Serratela tibilis and a Slate Mahogany Dun #16 will work for this fall hatch. It’s still early, but the best news is we are seeing a few Red Quill’s (T. hecuba). The hatch is never big but it doesn’t take much for the fish to get on them. I would certainly carry a few Red Quill’s #10-12 in my fly box for it can produce some of the biggest fish caught all year.

·  COPPER BASIN—
Still very spotty and probably not worth the effort.

·  BIG LOST—
Depending on where you are on the Lost, fishing has been reasonably good but there is still a lot of pressure which should subside after Labor Day. Trico is the main morning hatch and a Parachute Adam’s #20, which is easy to see, works well to the selective trout. Copper John’s and Prince Nymphs, fished underneath, seems to work the best.

·  WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK
Both streams a very low but you might have some decent fishing for holdover planted fish put in over the Labor Day weekend. If such is the case, a Prince Nymph #12-14 is pretty deadly. Standard dries will also be successful.

 

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