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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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South Fork 6-12-15

First off, the South Fork has been raised over 6000 Cfs at Irwin and same at Heise in the last four days. Thus, meaning that the gravel bars that were sitting out, will now be a riffle in most spots. The fish should now be sitting in more traditional riffles and in the side channels better then before. I would also not be afraid to fish the troughs and mid river riffles too. Additionally, I would also fish the banks with streamers as much as I could. Lastly, the dry flies have not appeared yet, and I would still wait another week or so to really start looking for big bugs on the lower South Fork. The flies that I would take with me on a trip to the South Fork would be a Bennet’s Seal Brown Rubber Leg size 6 and 8, Pearl Lightning Bug size 14, Psycho Prince Yellow size 14 for nymphs. Streamers would be Krafts Kreelex Minnow copper/gold size 6, Sculpin Sparkle Minnow size 4, and a Gallops Yellow Dungeon size 2. Just to be on the safe side I would take some Pmds such as CFO Morning Dun Spinner size 18, Harrop’s Eye CDC Para Dun Spinner size 18.

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Still Waters 6-9-15

For all reservoirs to the southeast (Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Springfield, Treasureton, Twenty-Four Mile) the big news is that damselflies are emerging, flying, mating, and laying eggs. This sure makes fly selection easy. Adult and nymph patterns are the essentials on each reservoir.

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Small Streams 6-9-15

Almost every stream not draining high country is in great fishing shape. Teton River drainage is an  exception right now with some west slope run-off coming down.  Also variable flows in the lower Blackfoot River make fishing success just as variable. Almost every other stream is worth a visit, and beginning now for the next several weeks may be the best time of the season for trying these if rainfall becomes less than normal and air temperatures higher than normal.  Get in touch with us to get information on which of these streams are worth visiting at any time.

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