Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Silver Creek Fishing Report - July 20, 2011

Silver Creek fishing has been tough, but it is improving as warm weather and increased hatches have made for happier fishermen.

Pale morning duns (PMDs) and baetis are still at the top of the menu, which are best fished in the morning or evenings. The trico hatch is on the tip of everyone’s tongues as more are being spotted, but the best of the hatch is still likely a few days away.

Damselflies are out in droves, and their large size makes them a fun option for those of us who like a large fly. Also, don’t forget to bring along a few caddis patterns. Small hoppers, flying ants, and beetles should also be in your fly box, especially during the heat of the day.

If you are looking for a break from the heat, the full moon has had fish feeding through the night, and a mouse pattern is always fun.

Many reports indicate that the fish haven’t been surfacing during the day so dry flies have been ignored, but don’t give up! I have seen great success in recent weeks using minnow streamers and nymphs.

That’s the latest at Silver Creek Preserve. May the inside of your waders stay dry, your fly land true, and happy fishing.

Matthew Hough, Silver Creek Preserve assistant manager

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