The rivers are high and muddy right now, and although anglers are getting into fish on them a lot of people don’t want to deal with high, muddy flows. Fortunately there are other options in the local area.
One place a lot of people seem to be heading is Hyalite Reservoir. It is close to town, full of fish, and offers anglers a great chance to catch some decent trout. Every day here in the shop we’ve had folks asking about it and heading up that way.
Fishing has been pretty good of late. Last week a friend and I headed up after work and caught a dozen in a couple hours or so. The south end of the lake is the most productive, and if you can get out in a boat or a float tube that’s even better. There is ample opportunity for shore fishing, but being out on the water will open up a lot more territory to fish.
Like all lake fishing, find structure and you will find fish. Cutthroat are cruising along the shallows, but if you fish near islands, points, rocks, trees, etc, you will find the fishing more consistent. Leeches and small bead head nymphs have been quite productive. The magic fly a few nights ago was a #16 Copper Brassie fished on a slow retrieve. Soft hackles are also killer up there.
Hyalite is getting lots of pressure, so be ready to deal with other fishermen when you’re out there. And please, be courteous to others. Don’t crowd them. It’s a big lake and there’s lots of room for everyone to fish.