Big Wood, ID

Bridge access from River Ranch

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Outing Information

Start/End Time
11:00 to 4:00
Best Fishing Time
2:00 to 4:00
Water Temp
Water Clarity
Clear - 5'+ visibility
Water Level

Fish Caught

Rainbow Trout

Caught Avg Size Pattern Optional Fields
5 14" #20 Copper Zebra Midge Notable Fish: 15
Time Caught: 11:00-1:00
Fish Depth: 1' - 3'
Water Depth: 6' - 10'
Retrieve: dead drift 3' under indicator with split shot
Notes: The peacock herl midge that was productive the day before did nothing. Switched to a copper ZM with copper bead head and caught several within an hour.
4 14" #20 Black Sparkle Midge Notable Fish: 15
Fish Depth: < 1'
Water Depth: 6' - 10'
Retrieve: dead drift
4 14" #20 Black Parachute Trico Notable Fish: 15
Fish Depth: < 1'
Water Depth: 6' - 10'
Retrieve: dead drift
Notes: Fly used was identical to the parachute trico without the tail. Most action was on surface although I had several fish on when I let the water-saturated fly sink under a strike indicator.
13 14"
Total: 13 fish Top Patterns: Zebra Midge (5) Parachute Trico (4) Sparkle Midge (4)


Sunny X
None X
Light - 5 to 10 knots X
Medium - 10 to 15 knots X
Heavy - 15+ knots X
Air Temp High/Low
25.0°F / -
Wind Direction
Weather Front
Moon Phase
44% Full (Waning crescent)

Other Patterns Tried

No other pattern information for this outing.


  • 18-24 black Midge Diptera

Insect Seining

No seining information for this outing.

Fishing Partners

bifurcated monkey
Jason Hansen


No waypoints were saved with this outing.


Phenomenal midge hatch. Adults covered the snow banks and were so thick on the water that the foam in the back eddies appeared grey. Every several casts I would have to clean the natural adults, pupae and shucks from my fly. Wow.

There are some 20"+ rainbows in this hole.

The wind was horrendous by the end of the day. I may never get the feeling back in my fingertips.


Jason Hansen

That is excellent. I must have just missed you guys - I came back up to the big hole around 4:15. I didn't mean to stay down river so long - I ended up fishing the runs we fished last winter and caught lots of fish. Glad you and Eric did well up there - I wish one of us would have hooked into one of those monsters, though.


Yeah, I figured you were probably killing it downstream. 44 fish, not a bad day! :^)
I thought about heading downstream but once the fish started rising to the midges I couldn't pull myself away from the big hole.

bifurcated monkey

nice 44 fish. i am not sure but i would say i caught about 20, with the biggest sixteen, i caught two of those. i wanted to go today but took out part of my eye with my contact last night.