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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 27)

Small Streams 6-20-15

Teton River drainage is beginning to round into fishing shape. In the river’s canyon reach and below look for golden stoneflies and caddislies to bring some action. Consider that the canyon reach is difficult and dangerous water best fished accompanied by a guide or a person knowing the river “like the back of their hand.”

Looking for places to take that enthusiastic youngster? Put the Birch Creek Family Area above Lone Pine, McCoy Creek, and Little Warm River around Pole Bridge Campground at the top of your list. Sawmill Creek in the Little Lost River drainage is another great choice except for a much longer drive than the others. All these offer very good dry fly-fishing right now with any small pattern working and each is not only easily approached, but relatively safe.

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Yellowstone Park 6-20-15

Streams in the northeast part of the Park, (the Lamar River drainage) remain high and discolored in contrast to streams in the southwest corner (Madison and Fall River drainages).  Trout Lake is your best bet for fishing success in northeast area for the next several days. Walk the shoreline or pack a floatation device to get out on the lake to present damselfly nymph patterns or midge pupa patterns under an indicator. The Firehole River continues to offer good fishing with PMD, BWO, caddis life cycle, and soft hackled patterns bringing best reactions. As we move into July look for fishing to slow there with warming weather. Caddis and PMD life cycle patterns are working well on the Madison River during PM hours.  Duck Creek is tough fishing, but in a few weeks evening brown drake activity will bring fish up. Flows in Fall River Basin streams are dropping to levels where dry fly fishing will be excellent soon. Beula Lake has been a relative hot spot with damselfly nymphs and small leech patterns producing.  Those tasty lake trout are still in Yellowstone Lake shallows. Anywhere you can find weed beds on Shoshone Lake you will catch juvenile lake trout and have a chance at a trophy brown trout. All you need is a boat or floatation device to get out to the weeds, then present small olive or black leech patterns.

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Henry’s Fork 6-16-15

PMDs, Green Drakes and flavs are bringing fish up on the lower river. We have not heard much to date about gray drakes emerging in significant numbers. Flow out of Island Park Dam was raised to 1000 cfs last Friday. It has been stable since then meaning better conditions for good green drake activity, and we have had a few reports saying fishing success has improved around Last Chance as a result. The river in Harriman State Park opened to fishing yesterday. We have not heard much of success yet, but we will soon.

Flow out of Henry’s Lake, which lately features slow fishing, is up to 80 cfs. This means some reasonable fishing could be had in the Flat Ranch portion of the river. Green drakes, PMDs, and caddis activity will bring fish up. Much better fishing would have resulted had a flush of around a couple hundred cfs happened earlier this spring.

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Still Waters 6-16-15

Damselfly mating and egg laying activities are making for good fishing on all our reservoirs. After a relatively slow spring we here action on Springfield Reservoir has really picked up because of damselflies. Try your dry patterns there to help avoid the growing weeds.

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Yellowstone Park 6-16-15

Now that weather is warming significantly, here’s some thoughts on planning a trip to fish Yellowstone Park streams. Things are happening early this season because of relatively meager run-off. Flows on some Park streams, such as those in Fall River Basin, are at amounts usually expected around the first and even middle of July.  This suggests that barring big rainfalls, streams by mid-July could be lower than normal and with higher than normal water temperatures.  Such conditions slow fishing.  Thus the earlier you fish Park streams this season, the better are your chances for fishing success. And remember that in the past the Park has limited fishing when water temps get to levels that are dangerous for trout survival.

Trout Lake in the northeast corner of the Park opened to fishing yesterday.   This lake hosts some of the largest cutthroat-rainbow hybrid trout in Park waters.  However it warms and mosses up quickly. If you plan to visit there do so within the next few weeks in this year of low water. Be sure to have your damselfly life cycle and leech patterns.  You can wade much of the lake shoreline, or you can pack a flotation device the six-tenths of a mile to the lake. It’s a uphill walk, but the reward could be the best fish of the year.

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South Fork 6-16-15

Flow out of Palisades Dam is dropping again, but in a slow manner that should not impact fishing. Reason for reduction is the drop in flow from tributaries to the reservoir and into the river above while Palisades Reservoir is at 100% of capacity. Keeping this capacity is needed for the continuing irrigation season.  Reduced flows is a good thing for fly-fishing in the near future. Having lower flows will help bring on aquatic insect activity. Every fly-fisher wants to see those PMDs, few green drakes, and stoneflies that bring trout up to feed on the surface! For now, continue presenting your favorite streamer, stonefly nymph, and rubber leg patterns. As soon as we learn that hatches are coming on and significant, we will post info on them here.

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Small Streams 6-13-15

Choice is really great, once again. Exceptions are streams draining west slope of the Tetonsand lower Blackfoot River with its ups and downs flows out of the dam. If you have an entry level person, small streams are the place to go rather than the big waters which can be intimidating. Birch Creek’s Family Fishing Area is at the top of the candidate list. Some other good candidates are Sawmill Creek in the upper Little Lost River Valley, Little Warm River in the Pole Bridge Campground area, McCoy Creek, upper Medicine Lodge Creek, Beaver Creek in the campground area and meadows above Spencer. Even Hayden Ponds between Leadore and Salmon are great candidates.  Now that school is out, there is plenty of time to get that inquiring youngster onto the water. There are many other candidates for doing so. Come in and talk to us about where, what to use, and when to go.

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Still Water 6-13-15

Damselflies are pretty much the name of the game with Daniels and Springfield Reservoirs being best bets for fishing nymphs and dries. Twenty-Four Mile has been a a bit “iffy” with respect to the damselflies. There is a question as to whether Chesterfield Reservoir is filling or not. Water coming out seems a bit low and clear, but how much is coming in? Filling is best for fishing, especially come summer months.  Harriman Fish Pond will receive an injection of hatchery fish before the end of this month.  So If you want a chance at the big hold-overs, better go there in the next week or so. Try damselfly and speckled dun life cycle patterns or small leech and snail patterns.

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Yellowstone Park 6-13-15

Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road is open, and Beula Lake is fishing dynamite good. Try your favorite small leech and damselfly nymph patterns on either an intermediate of floating line. No speckled duns emerging yet, but a few damselflies are.  Be sure to bring your DEET, or be ready for a transfusion if you do not. Yes, those little pests are out big time all over Fall River Basin country. I fished Bechler Meadows yesterday. So glad I had DEET along! Not quite dry fly season yet with only a very few yellow sallys emerging. River is low for this time of year when run-off is usually roaring through, but water is clear and plentiful right now. It wont be that way much longer because of low snow pack last winter. Firehole River is still producing well with PMD, BWO, caddisfly life, white miller, and soft hackled patterns producing best.  Hebgen Lake rainbows are pretty much out of the Madison River upstream.  Fishing on Duck Creek has slowed.

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Henry’s Fork 6-13-15

Seems like everything fishing is early this year, and that is the case with Henry’s Fork green drakes.  Both have been out for a while on the lower river. Now they are out in good numbers on the upper river. Plenty of PMDs, too. The Harriman State Park section of the river opens Monday, June 15th, and you can bet that with good numbers of green drakes out now fish will be keying on them. But here’s a tip: consider trying a big dry stonefly pattern. Want to know why? Yes the stonefly event is over, but a few still hang around, and wind (like we had yesterday) blows them into the Harriman part of the river from Box Canyon above and Cardiac Canyon below.  The older fish know what they are. Need I say more? Same strategy works anywhere canyon reaches  holding big stoneflies are adjacent to habitat favored by green drakes; ie Firehole River, Lewis River, Fall River Basin streams.  Not many gray drakes on the lower river, yet. Let’s see what  kind of numbers will happen in this low water year.

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