Last week I worried that the Big Wood was becoming very low and clear, now we have exactly the opposite problem; dense, dark ash, runoff from the Beaver Creek fire. It looks bleak now, but the Wood will recover. Even so, this is a good time to fish somewhere else. The fish in the Wood have had a hard run, and could use a break.
Silver Creek on the other hand is its usual clear, beautiful self. Fall is coming on the ‘Creek. We’re seeing the season’s first Mahogany Dun’s, which are exciting because Mahogany’s are pretty much trout candy. The Baetis and Callibaetis hatches remains consistent, and the terrestrial fishing’s great, with some wonderful flying ant falls in the evening.
The Big Lost has been awesome, especially early in the morning. Trico spinner falls around 9am have been strong, bringing even the bigger fish into soft water.
If you feel like heading north, the first fall Steelhead should start showing up on the lower Salmon River. Come into Stutrevants for the best flies and tactics for these awesome fish.
Fishing Report by SVMG Guide Paddy McIlvoy