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.
BIG WOOD RIVER—
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.
WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—
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.
PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK—
Also planted regularly and fish well for both the fly and spin fishermen.