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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 41)

Still Waters 6-5-15

From our reservoirs to the southeast (24-Mile, Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Treasureton) comes word that damselfly activity is getting going. Right now its mostly the nymphs moving, so dry fly action is on the way. No dry fly action yet from either damselflies or speckled duns. For now on all of these reservoirs, break out your intermediate and Type II sinkers to present your favorite damselfly nymph patterns. Prefer presenting with indicators, you say? Use that floating line to hang your favorite damselfly nymph about two feet above the bottom.  Especially at Daniels, doing the same with an indicator and midge pupa pattern still works well, especially at the upper end.

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Henry’s Fork 6-5-15

The Henry’s Fork is currently providing some of the best fishing in the area. Let’s look at what it offers bottom to top. Below Ashton Dam PMDs and caddis life cycle are bringing action, but after the peak stonefly activity came by a few weekends ago, fish are once again looking for the big bugs, and golden stones are satisfying them especially in afternoons. Cloudy PMs bring on the BWOs. It’s the same story from Warm River to Ashton, so go with your favorite BWO, PMD, caddis, and golden stone patterns. But consider that rubber leg patterns have also been effective. Cardiac Canyon offers some great fishing, not just to those folks floating through, but also to those walking in from the Bear Gulch, Mesa Falls, Hatchery Ford, or Riverside points. Add yellow sally patterns to the “what’s effective” bunch discussed above for the Cardiac Canyon section.  The river is lower than normal here making wading a bit less dangerous. Nevertheless, take care. PMDs are coming on at Last Chance to join cloudy day BWOs, caddis, and dwindling March browns. Water coming out of Island Park Dam has been a low but steady flow of around 350 cfs for many days now. This means walk-in wading makes a better choice than dinging up that boat. In some ways this is better for encountering fish currently taking big dry stoneflies: you get more than one chance at them and can spend more time pin-pointing select locations. Further up the river, walking into the Henry’s Lake Outlet on the Flat Ranch Preserve will get you into fish as well as relative solitude. These are mostly cutthroat escapees from Henry’s Lake with a few hybrids mixed in. Remember that these are lake fish, and at first will feed on food forms familiar to them in the lake. So do not overlook leech and streamer patterns. When these fish feed increasingly on what is available in the river, spend more time with PMD and caddis life cycle patterns, and hopefully in two weeks, green drake life cycle patterns. Fish here are not present in huge numbers because a 200-300 cfs flush out of the lake was not performed earlier and flow out of the lake has been around 50 cfs for several weeks.  But there are always some big surprises in the river flowing through this Ranch.

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Henry’s Lake 5-30-15

We heard wild weather impacted opening day fishing here. Lately there has been some success off the cliffs, but let’s see if Ma Nature provides better fishing weather this weekend. Then we may have more information to pass on.

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Still Waters 5-30-15

Best still water fishing is at Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir where the damselfly hatch is in full swing with fish responding to both nymphs and dries. It looks like the same happening at Daniels Reservoir is in the near future, but for now try midge pupa patterns under that indicator and search for the taking depth. So far fishing at Hawkins Reservoir is holding up with damselfly nymph patterns while fishing at Chesterfield Reservoir has been a bit slow.

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Henry’s Fork 5-30-15

The big stonefly hatch is about over except for some getting Coffee Pot area fish’s attention.   Golden stones are the way to go now. And don’t forget that after about a week of normal weather those big dry stonefly patterns can be effective again. For now, presenting caddis life cycle patterns can be effective in most of the waters with gradient. That means Cardiac Canyon waters and Warm River to Ashton.

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Yellowstone Park 5-30-15

The Firehole River is producing up to its early season reputation for fish responding to PMD, BWO, caddis life cycle and soft hackle patterns.  Big stoneflies coming out of Firehole Canyon are getting big time interest from upstream trout.  This is a relatively short event, so you’d better hurry if you want to enjoy it.  A few post spawning rainbows remain in the Madison River to take your streamer patterns.  Bechler River is fishable if you do not mind slogging through the wet meadows to present wet flies.  The same goes for Duck Creek.

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South Fork 5-30-15

Flow out of Palisades Dam remains just over 10000 cfs, but is sure to be increased soon. We’ll keep you posted  when it happens. For now continue using the techniques we recommended: Clousers and stonefly nymphs, rubber legs, your favorite BWO nymph, and midge pupa patterns. Try trailing one of these behind your rubber legs pattern.

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Henry’s Fork 5-26-15

Big stonefly event on the lower river is pretty much over. Just remember that several days afterwards fish will again look for the big bugs. That can be just in time for golden stoneflies to appear in big numbers.

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Yellowstone Park 5-26-15

It was a stormy holiday weekend in the Park, but we hear those folks that braved the weather had good fishing in the Firehole River. Bad weather this time of year always means good fishing on the Firehole. With cool weather continuing into this week, fishing should hold up. Look for action from caddisflies, early season BWOs and increasing PMDs.  So be sure to have lifecycle patterns for these. Soft hackle patterns also produce, especially in tail-outs.

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