Late October Fishing Report

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The Big Wood River has started to slow down. There are still some hatches of BWO’s on certain days so carry a selection of small patterns in sizes 18-22. I also like midge patterns for this time of year and always carry the Trailing Shuck Midge in a size 20-22. I like brassies under a dry fly and find the fish most active in the mid to late afternoons. You can still throw ants and beetles and bigger dries as atrractor patterns when covering alot of water. On cloudy days streamers will take fish and some of my favorites for the Big Wood is an olive or black Wooly Bugger or Matukas in the same colors.

Silver Creek has also been spotty. The hatches include BWO’s (sz 20-24) and Mahogony’s (sz 16-18) especially on overcast days. You will need light tippets and long leaders on calm days and if the wind is just right you can get away with 5x. Best time to fish is in the afternoons and the crowds are diminished this time of year.

The Big Lost below the Mackay Dam has been the most consistent of all our fisheries. BWO’s and midge patterns on top and small nymphs underneath have been producing. I like Hackle Stackers, Gulper Specials and Trailing Shuck Midges in sizes 18-24. The dry fly fishing can be excellent this time of year and on the right day it is all you need. Brassies, Rainbow Warriors, and all small flies work when there are no hatches. The water levels are low and the water is clear so approach is a key factor in fishing these fish.

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