Black Hills Fishing Report 7/24/12
Hot Bead Crystal Buggers, White Sculpzilla, Natural Sculpzilla, Mini Leeches
Dry fly fishing continues. Terrestrial fishing is picking up- ants and beetles are working best, but hoppers fishing is improving daily. Good hatches of summer yellow mayflies- PMDs, Sulphurs, and PEDs. Tricos continue to hatch on Rapid Creek in Rapid City.
Nymphing is as productive as ever. Focus on the deeper pools for a two-fly nymph rig. Otherwise, string a dropper off of your hopper pattern or dry fly.
Rapid Creek (Central Black Hills):
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.
Castle Creek (Central Black Hills):
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.
Spearfish Creek (Northern Black Hills):
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.
Spring Creek (Central Black Hills):
Water is warming on Spring Creek. Might be a good idea to give this one a rest.
Box Elder Creek (Northern Black Hills):
Water is warming on Spring Creek. Might be a good idea to give this one a rest too.
Sand Creek (Northern Black Hills):
PMDs hatching still a few caddis and yellow stones. Good fishing. Terrestrial bite is good too.
Custer State Park (Southern Black Hills):
Fish the callibaetis hatch on Sylvan and Center Lakes. Fish early on the Grace Coolidge Walk-in area.
Deerfield Lake (Central Black Hills):
No recent reports.
No recent reports.
Good bluegill bite in the coves. Bass on the points. Crappies on the drop offs.
That's a wrap. Be sure to call us with any questions regarding guiding or fishing!