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Big Lost River

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Big Lost River 10-8-19

Flow below Mackay Dam is around 200 cfs, meaning wading is safe. BWOs come out during early PM hours with trout responding.  But wintry weather predicted for the next few days means this weekend may make for a more comfortable visit.

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Big Lost River 7-9-19

Flows between 600-700 cfs coming out of Mackay Dam make for treacherous wading below.  If flow were cut in half, it would be safer for enjoying the golden stone and western green drake activity soon to come on. We still have no info on the river in Copper Basin, but USGS water flow gages tell us that Basin stream flows are are about normal.  So that alone suggests that good fishing should be available.

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Big Lost River 7-2-19

Flow out of Mackay Dam is about 750 cfs making for very tough wading.  Hatchery catchables have been stocked at just above Arco. We have no information to date on fishing conditions on the river above the reservoir.

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Big Lost River 5-9-18

 

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We’ve had a few inquiries about Big Lost River fishing conditions just below Mackay Dam. Right now flow out of the dam is not far below 400 cfs making for difficult and dangerous wading there.  That’s about double normal flow for this date.  It might be a while before run-off and water demand allow for better wading conditions.

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Big Lost River 8-28-17

We have not received much information on fishing the Big Lost River so far this year. Currently flow out of Mackay Dam is a bit higher than normal at around 350 cfs. Wading with caution is possible at this amount.  Terrestrial insect patterns should work during daytime hours with trico spinner falls during morning hours and caddis evening activity filling out chances for action at other times.

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