Fishing Forecast July 25th – August 1st

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photo by Bryan Huskey The last week of July promises to be a great week of fishing, but to assure success, anglers should be prepared for change. In our local freestones, the flows continue to drop to more wadable levels opening up more water to explore and spread the fishing pressure. Keep in mind that as the levels change, the fish will also seek new holding water. Often the bigger fish will be in the shallow water and can be easily spooked by unwitting anglers. Also, the bugs are smaller. By no means should you put away your big bugs … Read More

Fishing Forecast July 18th – 25th

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7th Annual Fly Fishing Film Festival & Product Fair As we enter the second half of July, the myriad of fishing opportunities continue to expand. The hardest thing about fishing right now is choosing where to go. Do you want to fish high mountain streams with big attractor patterns in pursuit of cutthroat trout? Or would you rather cast long leaders with fine tippet and small drys to selectively sipping trout? Perhaps you would enjoy searching for the last few Green Drakes of the season? Or maybe you would prefer to take the family to a local pond and catch … Read More

Fishing Forecast July 11th – 18th

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As the summer days begin to heat up, our local waters will begin to transition. Hatches like the Green Drake will begin to taper off on the local freestones and the Trico hatch will slowly begin to build to its peak in late July and early August on Silver Creek. The Big Wood, the Big Lost below Mackay Reservoir, and the main stem of the Big Lost over Trail Creek Pass continue to flow high but clear making wading a challenge. If you plan to fish these waters always use your wading belt and fish with a friend. However, in … Read More

Fishing Forecast July 4th – 11th

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Unlike the last  years above average run off, this July the water is dropping fast giving anglers a lot of options for fishing on the Big Wood and its tributaries as well as the Copper Basin. The water is still high in places but look for more and more water to open up in the coming weeks. July is a great month for big drys; head to the river with a good supply of flys imitating green drakes, golden stones, and Salmon flies. Of course, if the fish are not looking up, tying a nymph off the back of your … Read More