Fishing has been very good but still somewhat limited. If you know where to go and what techniques to use, it can be relatively easy for success. Interestingly, water flows out of our impoundments as measured in past years have been surprisingly lower than normal. That tells me that water conservation for future years is a priority. On the other hand there is still enough water flow in many of our streams to cause difficult wading and fishing locations that are still limited. This will improve daily but probably not as fast as people would like.
SILVER CREEK—The Creek has fished very nicely despite the fact hatches have been strong when they appear. They are still a little erratic in their overall timing. So, if bugs appear the fish will eat and fly imitations are quite simple to duplicate. Beatis spinners are heavy in the morning and a Mason Quill Beatis Spinner #22 is deadly. In the late afternoon, both Pale Morning Duns and Callibeatis spinners are seen and fish are easily taken using Para PMDs #16-18 and Partridge Spinners #16 depending on which bug is present. Trico has been seen and fished sporadically but if history falls true, we are still 10 days to two weeks away from this hatch exploding. Very productive are Foam Beatle imitations #14-18 and if you are looking for a real sleeper in the afternoon, Blue Damsel patterns. From this point forward, the Creek truly come into its own. Get ready to enjoy what it has to offer.
BIG WOOD RIVER—Fishing has been very good but because river flows (560 cfs) are higher than I would like to see, places to fish and wade are still limited. Maddeningly, these conditions might linger for a few weeks more. You still need to be careful while wading. Hatches like Green Drakes, Western Quills (some call it Gray Drakes, another Genus completely), Golden and Small Yellow Stonefly's have been adequate. But high water has obscured the hatch in most of the runs thus limiting their true effectiveness. You'll move fish on the surface in selected spots if you're fishing Green Drakes #10-12, Para Olive or Regular Hares Ear #12, Para Adams #12-14 and Yellow Stimulators #8 and #12-14. In addition, Prince Nymphs #10-12 and Copper Johns #12 fished deep, are always effective and generally find the bigger fish. Water levels remain deceiving and you still need to be careful out there, for the flows can still knock you down.
WARM SPRINGS/TRAIL CREEK—Warm Springs has been excellent. Many fish, some surprisingly large, are being hooked. Trail Creek is very fishable yet its fishing is tougher, since the stream tends to be confined making water levels a bit high, with heavily willowed banks. This will change. Para Adams #14-16, Yellow Stimis #14, Hemingway Caddis #14 a Bead Head Prince #14 will all find fish.
BIG LOST DRAINAGE—Finally we're getting solid reports on the upper river (North Fork, East Fork) but many are still finding heavy water flows on both systems to their dislike. If you're going, fly patterns recommended for the Big Wood should do the job. The flows on the lower river are far below their normal rate but at 540 cfs, it's still quite troublesome to wade. Fishing Prince Nymphs #8-12, Copper Johns #10-12 and San Juan Worms #10 are the flys of choice. Small Yellow Stone's (I. mormoni) are still lingering. A Yellow Stimi #12-14 as well as Crane Fly patterns will move a few, great fish on the surface.
PENNY LAKE/LAKE CREEK/GAVER'S LAGOON (HAYSPUR)—Always supplied with planted fish. They remain ideal places to take kids and those who have trouble getting around to catch a few trout. A fishing license is needed in these locations as well. Bait, lures and flys can all be effective.