July 30, 2017
Our runoff from the big snowpack has leveled off, and flows in the creeks are dropping. Rock Creek Lake has given up several fish in the 3 to 7 lb range over the last two weeks. Best lures have been the Thomas Buoyants, Trout Teasers/Traps, and for the trollers, Needlefish, Rapalas, and Tasmanian Devils. Also trolling with Olive Matukas, and Olive or Black Wooly Buggers has been very good at times. Bait anglers have been doing well with micetails, garlic Power Bait, nightcrawlers or worms, and the Gulp pinched nightcrawlers.
The brook trout in the backcountry lakes are starting to bite well on just about anything, but flies are working as well as bait. Lakes up to the 11,000 foot elevation are thawed now.
Rock Creek flows are still pretty high for fishing in many places, but the slower water is producing rainbows on flies and salmon eggs.
We are in full summer mode now, lots of campers, mosquitoes, and the wildflowers are putting on a fantastic display. We've been pretty busy lately, so if we've forgotten to update here, please email us and rattle our cage.