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July 24, 2020 2 min read
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New fishing report. Not a ton of change from the last reports. Fishing continues to be good as long as you fish cold water. What does that mean? It means avoid anywhere where water temperatures are above 67 or 68°. Why? Any temperatures above that threshold stress out trout to the point where we can kill them if we catch them. If we are looking to the future and having better fisheries this fall we want to protect those fish. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t go fishing it just means go closer to the tail water fisheries or above the tail water fisheries in higher elevations of the Black Hills. Hey that means you beat the heat too! Supposed to be 94 in town today but only 80 degrees at Deerfield lake! Hatches of PMDs and a few Caddis. Hopper dropper rigs are a good bet. Stay cool! Stop by the shop and we can get you whatever you might need.
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Top Streams- Rapid Creek, Castle Creek, and Spearfish Creek
Other options- Deerfield Lake in a float tube!
Hatches- Primarily PMDs, PEDs, Caddis, Little Yellow Stones, and some tricos
Fishing continues to be good on Rapid, Castle, and Spearfish Creek. But please keep an eye on the weather and water temperatures. Thursday was quite hot! Thankfully, we are getting a break today from some lingering cloud cover. So today would be a great day to be out fishing. However, the hot weather will be back; Saturday’s highs are supposed to be around 93 in town. Sunday and Monday are going forecasted to be in mid 80s. So the bottom line remains – fish cold water. What does that mean? It means avoid anywhere where water temperatures are above 67 or 68°. Why? Any temperatures above that threshold stress trout to the point where we can kill them if we catch them. If the temp is above 67 then head further upstream to find cooler water. None of this means that we shouldn’t go fishing, it simply means go closer to the tail water fisheries or to the higher elevations of the Black Hills. Hey that means you get to beat the heat too!
Hatches of PMDs continue. And a few Caddis are hatching on most streams. There is a good trico hatch on Rapid Creek in town in the early morning. During the day Hopper dropper rigs are a good bet.
Ant and beetle patterns are good options too.
For nymph fishing try Tungsten Split Case PMD nymphs, Rio’s French Dip, Jig Hare’s Ears, and tungsten zebra midges.
Stop by the shop and we can get you whatever you might need.
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