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Friday, June 11, 2004


Fishing Report

By Bill Mason

Generally speaking, fishing was very good until the warm weather decided to bring down what remaining snow-pack was left in the mountains. There can’t be much left. As a result, I’m guessing that the fishing should be in decent shape by this weekend. Let’s have a look-see at what one can expect for the week to come.


SILVER CREEK—The fishing has been quite reasonable over the past week. Although hatches will still remain inconsistent, it’s certainly worth your time to investigate. The good news is that fishermen are finding good quantities of fish throughout the system. The fish are not quite the Creek’s average size but that will come. At least the fish are there. The main, daytime hatch is the Pale Morning Duns that last for about 11/2 hours, midday. Parachute PMD’s #16-18 will take fish. Otherwise, fishing Flashback Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ear’s and PMD Nymphs #14-16, is probably your most productive method, especially if the wind blows. As predicted, the Brown Drake showed itself late last week and not only was the hatch good, there were ample fish to cast to. Since the hatch lasts only about five to seven days, you should be able to catch the tail end of it through the end of the week. Brown Drake Nymphs #10 should be fished, pre-hatch. Extended body Brown Drake Duns and Cripples #10 work during the hatch and Brown Drake Spinners, during the spinner fall, which are mixed in with the duns, can be quite deadly.

BIG WOOD RIVERThe Big Wood became high, off color and ugly over the weekend. It was running about 1070 cfs, and it made fishing very difficult in all places except north of Ketchum. It’s anybody’s guess how long this will last, but if I were a betting man, there can’t be a lot left in the mountains. So you’ll probably find fishable water by the weekend. Although a few Green Drakes and Small Yellow Stones were spotted in the Bellevue area, I suspect we are still a week to 10 days away from seeing these hatches in good, fishable numbers. Still, you might want to be prepared. It’s not a bad idea to carry a few Mason Green Drake Duns, Hairwing’s and Cripples #10-12 and Yellow Stimulato’#12-14 with you, just in case. Other than that, standard nymphs such as Prince, Green Drake’s, and Golden Stones, weighted, should be the order of the day. Be careful wading out there. The water still has some oomph to it.

BIG LOSTThe water levels have remained quite constant, about 350 cfs. Fished it last Tuesday/Wednesday and although there was a very sparse hatch of PMD’s from which I took a few fish, the best results came by nymphing using Zebra Copper John’s #12-14 and Prince Nymph’s #8-12. Since the reservoir is only half full, the irrigators will probably conserve some water, resulting in little fluctuation in water levels. But then again, you never know about those boys.

WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK— Warm Springs is not bad but Trail Creek is high and off color, causing most of the problems in the Wood. Standard patterns such as a Bead Head Prince Nymph #12-14 and a Parachute Adams #14 are taking quite a few small fish on Warm Springs

PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—No real report but there should be ample planted fish available using bait, spinners and flies. A word for you adults—leave this for the kids, for there’s not a lot available for them to fish. This should not be the place to supplement your diet.


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