Because of overhead cover from cottonwoods, BWO emergences go on even on sunny days. Midges emerge all day here. With flows out of Mackay Dam around 100 cfs, walk-in wade fishing is great. So get out and enjoy this great little river before winter sets in.
Flows out of Mackay Dam are at 100 cfs meaning good wading conditions. Midges and BWOs provide good surface action. Small bead head nymphs, your pattern choice, work well for wet fly fishing. Check road reports if stormy weather is coming on.
Flow out of Mackay Dam is at 100 cfs, so walk-in wade fishing is easy. These low flows concentrate fish into deeper waters, so look for fish working at tops and bottoms of deep water to intercept emerging BWOs and midges. Life cycle patterns for both are the way to go.
Flow out of Mackay Dam is down to 240 cfs meaning the river below is in top walk in-wade shape. BWOs are emerging during afternoons, midges throughout the day, and fish will still take beetle and ant patterns. Other that that, small leech and bead head nymph patterns will work.
Tricos emerge during morning hours, BWOs in the afternoon, and midges go on all day. Add terrestrial insects, and the river offers good fishing even though flows are above normal at 300 cfs coming out of Mackay Dam. October is perhaps the best month to fish the Big Lost River below Mackay Dam, so consider a trip here to enjoy great fishing and terrific scenery.
Flow out of Mackay Dam is about 300 cfs, tricos are active during AMs, BWOs are active during PMs, and terrestrial insects remain in good numbers. So the river offers some good walk-in fishing just below the dam, at the downstream campground and at IDF&G access areas. With the great fall weather predicted for the upcoming days, a visit to the river should be on your list of fishing locations to visit.