The fishing on the Big Wood can be very good this time of year. On days where the temperature is above freezing expect to see midges on top in select runs and good nymph fishing underneath. This time of the year it is very important to have dries, emegers, light sinking nymphs and heavier flies. The fish will feed in certain zones of the water colum and you must have the right presentation in the winter time. You should include brassies and other non bead head flies in your selection. I will still use heavy beaded flies to get the fly down but usually trail something small and lighter behind it and find fish like the smaller fly in some instances. During the winter months our fish pod up in the slower runs where the current isn’t as strong. The water can be deep or shallow and the edges are very good spot to fish. I still like overcast even snowy days for dry flies and like small patterns in size 20-24 with 6x tippet.
Lower Silver Creek is opened until the end of February. This is from Hwy 20 bridge downstream thru the Willows and Point of Rocks.