Silver Creek is starting to pick up. Trico’s are starting to appear. This can be one of the most exciting times of the year and with this hatch comes a lot of pressure. Early in the hatch patterns in sizes 20-22 will work. You’ll want to carry both spinner patterns and adult patterns. My favorites are Harrop’s Henwing Spinners in all black and green and black which represents the female. I also like the ¾ spent Trico in a size 22 and a CDC Dun in sizes 20-24. Many times when a trico pod forms you can throw larger flies than what are present and have very good results. A Gulpher Special in a size 20-22 works for a bigger pattern. Baetis will also be out with Callibaetis hatches later mornings and into the afternoons and some larger PMD’s and a smaller Pmd look alike referred to as Psuedo Cloens in sizes 22-24. This is a small almost lime colored mayfly. Evenings can also be excellent this time of year. You will see PMD’s , Callibaetis and Baetis in the early evenings and sometimes the fishing is much better than the mornings.
The Big Wood, Copper Basin and other tributaries are fishing very well. The water is still high and wading should be done with extreme caution. You will want an assortment of dry flies including all sizes of Adams Parachutes, Pink Alberts, PMD’s and still some Green Drakes. I like caddis patterns at night. As the water lowers try using smaller patterns in the parachutes and Green Drakes. The best fishing has been late mornings and into the afternoons but as the temperatures rise the early to mid morning time period will become more important.