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Still Waters 5-29-18

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Here is some road information for getting into two popular family fishing still waters. As of today, snow blocks the Horseshoe Lake Road just as the lake is approached.  The Fish Creek Road currently remains snow covered preventing access to Fish Creek Pond ( Teardrop Lake).  Further information on these and other back country roads in Caribou-Targhee National Forest can be obtained through such as the Ashton District (208-652-7442) and Palisades District (208-523-1412) offices.

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Henry’s Fork 5-26-18

 

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Flow out of Island Park Dam was nearly doubled Wednesday. That action along with a big rainstorm the same evening has slowed fishing temporarily in the Box Canyon-Last Chance section of the river. The same could be the case for the river in the Riverside area where the big bugs will likely show very soon.   This rise in flow is unlikely to impact fishing in the lower river where giant and golden stone fly adult patterns rule the roost with respect to being effective all the way from the slide below lower Mesa Falls to Chester. Here’s an update: as of Memorial Day the big stoneflies are beginning to fly in lower Box Canyon.

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South Fork 5-26-18

 

 

Kyle Spencer

Flow out of Palisades Dam was increased to 19100 cfs Wednesday  (Now 19400 cfs at Heise, 14900 cfs at Lorenzo). With the reservoir about 75 % full and over 30000 cfs coming into it, an increase in outflow seems necessary.  However with irrigation water being taken out on a large scale, flow below Byington is about 14500 cfs which is about double for this time of year.  Water is discolored with suspended matter.  We have a few reports of exposed gravel bars and some fishing action below Byington where rubberlegs and brightly colored streamer patterns  sunk deep are interesting fish.  No dry fly action yet, but at least something is going on with respect to fishing on the lower river.  Above Byington it is best to try drop-offs and any gravel bars that are not in deep water. A weighted rubberlegs trailed with a San Juan worm trailor might be the best way to interest fish.

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Henry’s Fork 5-22-18

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Big bugs are out big time from Ora to Vernon Bridges and increasing from Warm River to top of Ashton Reservoir. But the same goes for float and wading anglers. Anywhere you try  in these areas you will experience REAL crowds of fly-fishers.  I hope you are exposed to good stream etiquette along these places. Whether you are or are not exposed to such, strive to be a good example of such. Understand that as the big bug emergence moves upstream, there are a number of location in which you can find minimized crowding. Try walking down to the river from the old Bear Gulch ski area. Best fishing here is upstream. Try the river from the Sheep Falls Road off Highway 20 or from the Mesa Falls Park just off the Mesa Falls Scenic Highway.  Try the river from the West Hatchery Ford Road from the Highway 20 side, or walk downstream from Riverside campground.  These and other unmentioned places will have more solitude, tranquility, and likely better fishing than the easily approached locations most folks frequent along the river.  Be assured that any big floating fly pattern resembling a giant stonefly will work; just place that pattern close or drift it by or under vegetation hanging over banks, beneath cliffs, around rocks above the surface, or any object protruding into the river.

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South Fork 5-22-18

FYI: Flow out of Palisades Reservoir was upped from 16000 cfs to 18000 cfs yesterday. So the days of equilibrium conditions on the river are gone for a while.  Palisades Reservoir is at about 60% of capacity.

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South Fork 5-19-18

 

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It’s not all bad news for the South Fork, because nymph fishing seems to be improving.   Currently Palisades Reservoir is at 60% of capacity. Water coming out is cold, but clearing, and flow out of Palisades Dam has been nearly constant at 16000 cfs for about two weeks.  So stable conditions are present. Big rubber legs and stonefly nymph patterns work as do small bead head nymphs in riffles.

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Henry’s Fork 5-19-18

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From Cardiac Canyon  downstream to Chester backwaters and a bit later in Box Canyon big stonefly nymphs are moving toward banks or already there. Soon there will be enough of them flying over the river to drop eggs, and drifting that trout will respond with rises to the surface to take them.  We have a number of patterns that are excellent imitations for these insects as well as the tackle to present them.  Patterns include such as Chernobyl, CFO, and stimulator variations to old stand-by sofa pillows and Bird’s Stones. Because of conditions on the South Fork, expect crowds wherever you try your luck on the river during this event.

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Yellowstone National Park 5-19-18

 

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Yellowstone National Park fishing licenses and regulations arrived in the shop today. If you intend to fish in the park during the Memorial Day weekend opening, the Firehole River will likely offer the best fishing, but expect company. Bring BWO, soft hackle (partridge and olive), and caddis life cycle patterns and small nymph patterns with and without bead heads.  Some Hebgen Lake run-up rainbows remain  in the Madison River after spawning. These fish will take streamer patterns swung deep, and some of the best places to encounter them will be from the Barns Holes downstream to Baker’s Hole.

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Still Waters 5-19-18

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Hawkins Reservoir is providing some good fishing through presenting midge pupa patterns under an indicator and black or olive leech patterns. To get there take I-15 south to the Virginia Exit, go west a few miles to the reservoir. Another good piece of news is that the Dairy Creek Road from Hawkins Reservoir to Daniels Reservoir is now open. We do not have fishing success info on Daniels to pass on, but with this short cut now open, such should come our way.

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Small Streams 5-14-18

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Either high run-off or bad road conditions, and in some cases both, prevent us from enjoying fishing outings to many of our small streams.  There is one exception, and that is Warm River in the Three Rivers area. Warm River above the Robinson Creek confluence is not a major run-off stream through draining relatively flat lands in the eastern portion of Island Park where roads may still be in poor condition.  Much of the lower river can be accessed near Warm River Campground and above by following the abandoned rail road line.   Afternoon caddis activity, the same with BWOs, and  from remaining March browns will interest trout.  Thus life cycle patterns of these insects should be in fly boxes of anyone visiting to fish. The same goes for a variety of nymph patterns in small sizes, with and without beads. A four-weight system is ideal for use here, and certainly the fish (brook, brown, rainbow and whitefish) here run smaller than in the nearby Henry’s Fork.   Nevertheless, solitude and tranquility will make for a pleasant outing.

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