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Big Lost River

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Big Lost River (Page 10)

Big Lost River 10-11-2011

With flow out of Mackay Dam at 135 cfs, conditions are ideal for wading.  Midge and BWO life cycle patterns are sure to work as are bead head nymphs in small sizes.  If weather is nice, don’t overlook trying a beetle or ant pattern.


Big Lost River 9-19-2011

Flow out of Mackay Dam is about 250 cfs making for safe wading almost everywhere below.  Tricos provide early morning action, and BWOs and terrestrials do the same during mid day hours.


Big Lost River 9-13-2011

Flow below Mackay Dam is low enough (270 cfs, or so) for good wading.  AM trico activity is making for great AM action. Plenty of terrestrial insects are present making for plenty of daytime activity.


Big Lost River 9-1-2011

Flow  out of Mackay Dam is just about normal. It’s also trico season.  With hoppers, a few flavs and BWOs thrown in, its a great time to fish all day long here.


Big Lost River 8-26-2011

Flow out of Mackay Dam is a bit higher (372 cfs) than normal 308 cfs), but not enough to make wading difficult or impact fishing.  Look for flavs coming on during afternoons and tricos in the mornings.


Big Lost River 8-19-2011

With flow out of Mackay Dam dropping near 300 cfs, the river below is in great shape for walk-in wade fishing.  This time of year tricos begin attracting fish in the mornings, and flavs take over in the afternoons. Of course the tricos are more numerous!  The other big attraction to fish will be terrestrial patterns.  The real old-timers fishing here prefer to fish streamers as darkness falls. So consider!


Big Lost River 8-05-2011

With flows out of Mackay Dam close to 500 cfs (that’s close to normal for this time of year) , wading with caution can be done in the river below.   A few golden stones may be hanging around, but caddis life cycle patterns and dry attractors might bring the best top water action.  Try rubberlegs, medium sized (#8-10) wooly bugger types, soft hackles, and your favorite bead head nymphs for below the surface.