Flow out of Mackay Dam is 214 cfs, and that is good news for walk-in wade fishing. Look for fish to stack up in slower water. By afternoon BWOs and caddisflies will make for action there. But small bead head nymphs and peacock woolly worms will work just about anytime.
Flow out of Mackay Dam was reduced to 270 cfs yesterday. That’s down to wading levels if one is careful. Wait a few days for fish to equilibrate with this flow, and some good fishing can result in the river below the dam. Because the Big Lost is the only really fishable river in the area right now, we will keep on top of its flows to give moving water enthusiasts somewhere to try with good conditions.
With flows out of Mackay Dam increased a while back to just under 300 cfs, wading is a bit tougher. We still get reports of good results with midge life cycle patterns. During afternoons BWOs are emerging. Small beadhead nymphs of your choice and small leech patterns will work any time. Water is quite cold and weather the same, so dress accordingly.