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

Small Streams 10-8-19

The number of small streams offering good fishing this time of year narrows with cold water temperatures, reduced cover, and slowing insect activity being the major reasons.   Some still offering some fishing success include Blackfoot, Teton, and Warm Rivers. Teton and Warm Rivers offer BWO hatches that still attract trout.  On the Blackfoot River diminishing caddis activity is present with success through presenting streamer patterns increasing.

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Henry’s Fork 10-8-19

Aquatic and terrestrial insect hatches are “signing off” for the year. Now is when streamer patterns should dominate in that fly box.  With the wintry weather predicted for the next few days there will be enough time to ensure this suggestion.   Time at the tying bench or searching the fly bins of regional shops seems better than ice in the guides, in the reel mechanism and in freezing fingers.   Better weather is coming and  lower river brown trout will remain active for several weeks to come.

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Yellowstone Park 10-8-19

Terrestrial insects are out of the scene as a trout food.  The Firehole River offers the best top water fishing in the park, especially during unsettled weather when small BWOs emerge in good numbers. A few  small BWOs may do the same on the Madison River, but the big attraction here are run-up browns and ‘bows from Hebgen Lake. That means  presenting streamer patterns, whether they be large soft hackles (including those tied with marabou wound soft hackle style) or more traditional feather or deer hair wing versions.  The other famed brown trout run (that in Gardner and Snake Rivers yet to peak) is that in the Lewis River system where good numbers of browns are now in the channel between Shoshone and Lewis Lakes, migrating to the river just below Lewis Lake, and moving in the river below the falls. This activity means presenting large streamer patterns through deeper holes, runs, or undercuts is the best way for encounters.  It also means not disturbing redds, active or inactive, by any means.  They hold the beginnings of our future brown trout population.

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South Fork 10-5-19

Flow out of Palisades Reservoir was dropped from about 4000 cfs to 3250 cfs (now 4260 cfs at Heise, 1600 cfs at Lorenzo) on October 1st. Hatches are holding up and streamers are increasingly effective during low light conditions.  Walk-in wade locations are numerous, and we can suggest some of the best to try.  So get in touch if you are considering trying some.

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Henry’s Fork 10-1-19

Notice the similarities between aquatic and terrestrial insect activity during September on the South Fork and the lower Henry’s Fork. The same applies to streamer pattern effectiveness.   Look for these similarities to continue through October. These fall off some for the upper Henry’s Fork where aquatic insect hatches are more diverse and brown trout are absent.  BWO activity and responding trout in any of these locations is reliable this time of the season.

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South Fork 10-1-19

Flow out of Palisades Reservoir  has been steady at about 4000 cfs for a week.  Good BWO activity and flow stability has kept fishing success up. Fall colors are  making for beautiful scenery.  October also brings notice that streamer fishing will be increasingly successful as brown trout migrate to spawning areas from Palisades Dam down through the length of the river.

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South Fork 9-28-19

Trout responding to BWO activity on one end on fly fly type spectrum and that of larger trout hitting streamers on the other end is sure to provide good fishing on this cool and stormy day!

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