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Date 12-Aug-21
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Conditions : Big Lost River: Flow out of Mackay Dam is around 125 cfs. This flow makes for easy wading in the river below and may go lower. AM tricos are becoming more numerous with fish beginning to respond until late morning. Terrestrial insect patterns ( mostly those for hoppers and ants ) and caddis life cycle patterns are best bets from late morning on. Don’t overlook traditional attractor patterns such as the renegade in medium sizes and two-nymph rigs to drift into deeper holes. Expect some company arriving from the Ketchum-Sun Valley area even though The Nature Conservancy has re-opened their portion of Silver Creek to fishing.

Reported by: Jimmy's All Season angler


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About: - Below Mackay Reservoir is where the Big Lost River becomes a quality tailwater fishery.  As the river flows toward the town of Mackay the scenery changes dramatically.  Present along the river are tall cottonwoods and lush grassland.  The waters in this section can be crystal clear and much of the river is seldom wider the 20-30 feet across.  Seasoned anglers favor light tippets and many love the finesse required to fish the river.  Fishing conditions are pretty much predicated by the fluctuation in water flow. (more on fishing the Big Lost River)
  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout

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