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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 2)

Yellowstone Park 10-7-17

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If you are looking for some of the best streamer fishing available for brown trout this time of year, locations on the Lewis River provide some of the most outstanding in this area. The river between Shoshone and Lewis Lakes offers the best in the park if not the Greater Yellowstone region, at least with respect to numbers of fish.  The trick is to arrive there as early in the day as possible making an overnight stay at the Shoshone Lake outlet campground the best way to do so.  Requiring a 4.5 mile walk as well as having appropriate gear is not suitable for some fly-fishers, but there are easier to approach locations on the river that can offer good fishing, but again the key is to arrive early in the day.  Lewis Lake outlet and the lake itself just above the outlet are good alternative locations requiring only a short walk.  There are fewer fish in the river flowing through the roadside meadow below Lewis Falls, but they run larger than in other locations. In all these locations unsettled or stormy weather typically results in the best fishing.  But because elevation is close to 8000 feet, there is an increased chance for winter driving conditions during this weather. So having a vehicle appropriately equipped is advisable.

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Henry’s Fork 10-7-17

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Observing the number of fly-fishers in the Last Chance area is a clue that BWO and mahogany dun activity is producing good fishing. With a week of uncertain weather coming up, the river here and in Harriman State Park below will be great locations for dry fly fishing. Do not overlook presenting soft hackle patterns to rising fish in these waters (dead drift down to rising fish, then rise to just below surface with rod tip action).  Size (16-18 for BWO, 12-14 for mahoganies) is more important than color (olive for BWO, rusty brown for mahoganies).   A turn and a half of grouse hackle completes these appropriate patterns.

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Henry’s Fork 9-30-17

From below Ashton Dam

Everything describing current fishing success on today’s South Fork fishing report applies to the lower Henry’s Fork from Warm River on downstream and around Last Chance (dry fly fishing at Last Chance). Add to this improved streamer fishing in Box Canyon and “The Tubs” above Mack’s Inn (where Henry’s Lake and Big Springs Outlets combine) and you have the best of current fishing in the river.

 

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Henry’s Lake 9-30-17

Henry’s remains fairly slow fishing unfortunately. The water clarity remains very poor with the algae conditions. This issue should go away any day now with the cooler temps, but as of this posting, it is still present. Once the algae is gone, the fishing should be excellent. Fish have moved in to the Howard Creek, Pintail Point, and Hatchery areas and should be willing once the lake clears up. We will be sure to update everyone as soon as the algae is gone.

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South Fork 9-30-17

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Flow out of Palisades Dam has been constant ( around 4100 cfs increasing to about 5000 cfs at Heise) for several days, and weather is as good as it gets for BWO activity. The results are continued good riffle fishing with a great selection of such to explore from Palisades Dam to the Henry’s Fork confluence. Unsettled weather also means good streamer fishing almost anywhere along the river. For now stick to somber colors (olives, brown/rust, black) for those streamers.

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Still Waters 9-30-17

Mike Miller at Sheridan

Looks like the fall season is finally bringing on good still water fishing. Daniels Reservoir is fishing as good as it has all year. The upper end and outside edge of shoreline mud plumes when wind is blowing seem best locations.  Seems like almost any technique from using  a midge pupa under a strike indicator (must find taking depth), fly rod jigs, damsel fly nymph, and leech patterns attract fish.  The same applies to Hawkins Reservoir where the fish may run a bit smaller but are just as eager especially for speckled dun life cycle patterns. Have not heard reports for Sand Creek Ponds  to date, but fishing success has surely improved there.

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Small Streams 9-30-17

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The above photo shows the Blackfoot River Wildlife Management Area with the river in the distance. The big meadow you see it winding through is still full of grasshoppers. The river is flowing slightly above normal meaning there is plenty of cover so some large cutthroat remain within.  Also no killing frosts here yet, but any day now that could change.  The same applies to the Teton River in the Basin where elevation is about the same as the Blackfoot River in the above photo.

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Small Streams 9-26-17

 

 

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Now that October is approaching,  keep track of the flow level in the Blackfoot River below the Reservoir.  Any day now water impoundment in the reservoir will begin, and flow in the river below will drop to less than 200 cfs. A flow below this level results in great fishing, especially if a killing frost has not wiped out bank side terrestrial insect populations. Afternoon caddis activity should attract trout throughout the month. Dry fly fishing will be the best approach until copious submerged weed beds break up, then presenting streamers will become practical at many points in the river.  So the best time to fish the river below the reservoir is just ahead.

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Southwestern Montana 9-26-17

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The Madison River between US Highway 191 north of West Yellowstone and the Madison Arm of Henry’s Lake is easily approached. Right now it hosts a good number of brown and rainbow trout migrating through to spawning areas in Yellowstone Park.  Best times to fish here are first light and evenings. These times not only provide best overhead cover but have minimal human traffic.  Presenting streamer patterns on sink tip lines is the best way to encounter these migrants, and walking and wading here is easy. Give it a try!

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Still Waters 9-23-17

Sand Creek Piggy

The cooler weather with great recent rainfall is just what is needed to improve still water fishing in our region. With cooling shallows and shorter days we should soon receive reports of improved fishing. As soon as these accumulate and appear credible, we will begin placing information on this report. For now Daniels Reservoir appears to offer some of the best fishing with midge pupa suspended at taking depth and leech patterns interesting trout.

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