Friday Hot List for June 24

Written by: Phil Monahan

Mossy Creek Brown

A fine Mossy Creek brown trout that fell for a gold and copper Kreelex.

photo Courtesy Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

The Orvis Fishing Reports and Conditions pages offer up-to-date reports, including stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips. At any given time, those waters that offer the very best fishing become part of the “Red Hot” list. To ensure that those making the reports aren’t exaggerating the quality of their local fishing, each reporter is allowed only four red hots per year per location, so they only rank their spot red hot when it’s truly outstanding.

Most Fridays, we highlight those waters that offer the best fishing for the weekend. There were a few Northeastern waters on the list, but a couple days of torrential rain have blown out those rivers–especially in New Jersey–that had been fishing so well earlier in the week. 

1. Silver Creek, Idaho

The brown drakes are on, according to the folks at Ketchum on the Fly. The fishing should improve with each passing day and as warming temperatures become the summer norm. Other patterns to carry include Baetis (Blue-Winged Olives), Pale Morning Duns, Callibaetis, ants, beetles, and Baby Hoppers.

2. Lower Jackson River, Virginia

Lots of insects are coming off and fish are hitting on top in the evening, as well as the morning, says Orvis Rod & Tackle Specialist Stephen Demma. He suggests that anywhere below the Gathright Dam will be hot in the afternoon, with hatches of blue-winged olives, black caddisflies, and gray drakes, among others.

4. Mossy Creek, Virginia

There’s incredible dry-fly fishing on Mossy Creek these days, but all the action is early and late, according to the guys at Mossy Creek Fly Fishing. “Make sure you are on the creek from around 5:30 a.m. until about 10 a.m., or between 7 p.m. and dark for the best action. This is when we are seeing the most rising fish and most action during the day.” The top hatches include sulphurs, drakes, and tricos.

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