December Fishing Report

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The Big Wood River The most consistent winter fishery we have. Expect to see midges on snowy overcast days and fish working on the surface. Sunny days are usually not as good this time of year. I like the Trailing Shuck Midge, Griffith’s Gnat and small parachutes to imitate the surface offerings. You’ll need to fish these flies on 6x tippets. You will also need some patterns that sink very gently to fool those fish working just under the surface. A heavily weighted fly like the Zebra Midge will be too much weight on those days where the fish want … Read More

November Fishing Report

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The Big Wood River is hit and miss this time of year. Best fishing is late afternoons or the warmest part of the day. Overcast days help and on some days there are midges coming off with the fish on or near the top. A Trailing Shuck Midge in sizes 20-22 will take fish working on or near surface. You’ll need 6x and if you cant see the fly try putting on a adams parachute or small indicator to help you with the takes. Zebra midges in all colors and streamer fishing is also effective this time of the year. … Read More

Afternoon Delight

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Synopsis As we roll through September, the weather is offering up some perfect conditions for anglers. This week, we will continue to see more of the same bugs we have started to see this fall: Baetis, Callibaetis, Caddis, Red Quills and Mahogany Duns, as well as more of the terrestrials that frequent the banks. Warmer mid-day temperatures are giving the bugs a good afternoon hatch window making it the most productive time for fishing right now. Silver Creek Right now, there are so many different ways to chase fish on Silver Creek. One good option is to get a later … Read More

Swingin’ September

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Synopsis As we move into our second week of the month, the fishing should prove steady. Our weather patterns will be less predictable, so be prepared for anything. If you find the water a bit stained or off color from the recent rain, don’t hesitate to nymph with Princes or Pheasant Tails. Changing weather patterns bring hatch patterns that require the angler to be on their toes and ready for anything. Be prepared for Baetis, Callibaetis, Caddis, Red Quills and Mahogany Duns, as well as more of the terrestrials that frequent the banks. Keep those Hoppers, Beetles and Flying Ants … Read More

September Angling in the Rockies

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Synopsis Fly fishing the Northern Rockies in September is an extremely enjoyable experience. With the heat of summer mostly behind us, the shorter days and cooler temperatures bring out new hatches and a return to larger insects such as the Western Red Quill, the Mahogany Dun and October Caddis. The Fall Baetis, although diminutive in size, becomes a behemoth in the feeding selection of local trout, not only on Silver Creek but on our local freestones as well. Tricos, though dwindling on Silver Creek, become more numerous on the Big Lost River and the lower Big Wood as well. September … Read More