Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fishing Report


By BILL MASON

Doing reports of fishing activity at this point of the season pretty much comes down to this: As the weather goes, so go the runoff and angling opportunities. When it's cold, many streams clear and drop so the fishing becomes very productive. If it gets warm like they are predicting this week, the opposite occurs. With added snowpack last weekend (currently still at 45%), this situation could linger for a week or two. Currently the fishing has been very good considering our plight but it could become more limited for the upcoming week. Let's take a look at what you can expect.

SILVER CREEK—Except for the wind, the "Creek" has fished unusually well despite the fact that both hatches can be inconsistent for this time of year and unusual techniques are producing some great results. Pale Morning Duns, Beatis and a few Callibeatis spinners are seen in the late morning and Para PMDs #16-18, Beatis Parachutes, Emergers and Cripples #20-22, as well as Partridge Spinners #16 should take fish on the surface. A bit surprising, nymphs such as PMD Nymphs, Flashback Pheasant Tails and even Copper Johns #14-16 (go figure), fished too and stripped away from the bank, are producing some dandy results. Don't forget Ant and Beatle imitations. As I predicted last week, the Brown Drake hatch was sensational but it should be over for the year. You might take a few fish still looking for the "Big Boy" but I'm guessing it now will be marginal.

BIG WOOD RIVER—Like watching a Yo-Yo go up and down. When clear, the "Wood" is producing not only good quantities of trout but also some very large fish to boot—if you're fishing big Prince Nymph #8-10 and Green Drake Nymphs #10-12 along the edges in slower water. Keep in mind the river is flowing above 1000 cfs or more and with the warm weather this week, wading the river is not a good idea.

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WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Same as the Big Wood.

BIG LOST—Not my first choice. Both the upper and lower river are still carrying abundant water making fishing and wading very tough.

PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK/GAVER'S LAGOON (HAYSPUR)—All are always heavily supplied with fish making it fun for kids and bank fishermen. Various baits , lures and flies are effective.

SOUTH FORK OF THE BOISE—A few reports have filtered in but at 1700 cfs, the river is still tough if not impossible to wade and fish effectively. Consequently floating and fishing with big Black Foam Cicada type imitations are having some good success. No Salmon Flys have yet to be seen but I suspect we aren't too far off. If the water stays at this level when these big Stone Flys appear, it could be something to behold. I will bring updates as I hear.




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