With flows out of Mackay Dam at just under 350 cfs, it is time to try the river where safe walk-in fishing is available. Flavs will emerge in the afternoon, and the peak of the trico hatch is not far away. That hatch will make for great action until mid day. Meanwhile terrestrial patterns will provide day time action, and action because of the evening caddis hatch will round out the trout fishing for the day.
With more that 500 cfs coming out of Mackay Dam best walk-in wade fishing is above Mackay Reservoir. Try from the Bartlett Point area into Copper Basin. Caddis, golden stone, and sally life cycle patterns should be best with flavs coming on as we get into August.
Reports tell us that the river below Mackay Dam and around the campground is good fishing. Flows out of the dam have remained constant at just over 100 cfs. Small beadhead nymphs, such as prince’s, bead head or regular are working. So are midge patterns and golden stone nymph patterns. BWOs should become important any day now. Remember the winter season closes on March 31st.
With flow out of Mackay Dam at a bit over 100 cfs, and low snow pack in the Big Lost River Valley, the Big Lost River should be on your list of streams to try during the winter season. This season ends March 31st, so there is time to plan a trip when the days warm up. Folks going to the river around Mackay report that trout are taking golden stone nymph patterns, midge pupa and adult patterns. So consider patterns for these as well as small bead head nymphs. Few BWOs are showing, but as the days lengthen and warm their life cycle patterns will be more effective.