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.
With flows out of Mackay Dam at a bit over 200 cfs, the river below is very wadable. Tricos are past their peak, but BWOs and midges make for great top water fishing. Small bead head nymphs always work. Choose your favorite. There is good public access just below the dam and at the campground downstream.