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August 01, 2012 2 min read
Photos courtesy of David Erikson
Hot Bead Crystal Buggers, White Sculpzilla, Natural Sculpzilla, Mini Leeches
Fishing continues to be solid on Rapid, Castle, and Spearfish Creeks. Best bight is in the early AM and evening. Tricos are hatching on Rapid Creek in town. PMDs and PEDs are more widespread. The afternoon dry fly fishing picks up around 3:00pm. Terrestrial fishing continues to be productive. There are fewer hoppers around than the past few summers, but fish will still take small hopper patterns. Ants, beetles, and crickets have been much more productive.
Good fishing below the dam through town. Fishing is decent above Pactola Reservoir at Silver City. Tan Caddis and Tricos are hatching in town. Pale Morning Duns are hatching below Pactola Reservoir. Fish are looking up for terrestrials and PMDs/PEDs/Sulphurs. Nymphing is steady, fish baetis and PMD nymph patterns. Get out between 6:00 and 9:00 am for the trico action. Fishing is best early and late on Rapid Creek in town.
Hoppers, ants, and beetles are working well.
Fishing well below Deerfield Dam. Good dry-dropper water. Fish a yellow stimulator with a dropper of a small copper john. The zebra copper john is a killer bug on castle.
Hatches of Small BWOs and PEDs. Good nymphing in the canyon and in town. Ant and beetle pattens are working well. Little Spearfish Creek is fishing well with attractor dries. Small Woolly Buggers have been effective on Spearfish.
Water is warming on Spring Creek. Might be a good idea to give this one a rest.
Water is warming on Spring Creek. Might be a good idea to give this one a rest too.
PMDs hatching still a few caddis and yellow stones. Good fishing. Terrestrial bite is good too.
Fish the callibaetis hatch on Sylvan and Center Lakes. Fish early on the Grace Coolidge Walk-in area.
No recent reports.
No recent reports.
Bluegill fishing should be good, but the fish have moved into deeper water. Focus on drop-offs and weed edges.
That’s a wrap. Be sure to call us with any questions regarding guiding or fishing!
If you have not had the opportunity to take a look at Steve Kinsella’s book, Trout Fishing in the Black Hills, you will be pleasantly surprised. Steve’s book offers amazing insight into just how much water there is to fish in the Black Hills. Even if you have fished in the Black Hills for years, there is a good chance you will discover many more opportunities.
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