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Main Stem Snake River 11-20-12

With flow slightly below normal, the river is in great shape for presenting streamers for migrating brown trout.  Sunset is earlier this time of year, and there are many convenient locations to wade the river.  So fishing the river is convenient.  If you feel you ate too much during that “Turkey Day Feast'” consider working some of it off wading the river before dark trying for a big brown.  If you want to improve your appetite for that feast, consider wading and casting beforehand.  Either way, getting out this time of year is a gift if weather is reasonably nice.   Happy Thanksgiving!

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Still Waters 11-20-12

We have had several inquiries about fishing Chesterfield Reservoir.  From what we have heard fishing there is very good.  But because 60,000 hatchery ‘bows (enough to make smaller waters look like the contents of a sardine can!)  have been planted this fall, you will have to get through these to get to the big holdover fish.  Try your favorite patterns; all seem to work. Using midge pupa patterns expect to encounter more of the planted fish. Big leeches, scuds, & streamers give you a chance for holdovers bulking up for the winter.  Although water level is low, the reservoir is slowly filling which is good news for next year’s season.  Springfield Reservoir also has been stocked, but not with 60,000.  These fish will also take anything but not offer the best of fights.  As in Chesterfield, they will become stronger through the coming months.  Another good one to try is Daniels Reservoir.  Use same strategy as on Chesterfield, and expect that the larger wooly bugger types and streamers give a better chance at hold over fish.

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South Fork 11-9

The South Fork flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped to 900 cfs this morning. Personally I was not expecting it to go this low.  I talked to Mike Beus at the Bureau of Reclamation and he informed me that flows will not change or go below this level for the entire winter. Fishing tactics have not changed and you should expect to see good Blue Wing Olive hatches this weekend with the cloudy weather.

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South Fork 11-7

Flows have been reduced to 1,100 cfs. I don’t know if they will be dropped again. We will let you all know if that happens. I personally don’t think it will because the inflow is now great than the outflow and the resevior is begining to slowly fill. Floating is still an option at these flows but it will take you a long time to float traditional stretches you are used to in the summer time. We recommend smaller shorter floats, like Wolf to Byington, Irwin to Spring Creek, Spring Creek to Conant, Dam to Huskies and Lorenzo to Menan. However now that the flows have dropped this much wade fishing is also very accessible throughout the entire river.

Blue Wing Olives and midges have been hatching. The BWO fishing is much better on the cloudy days. Streamers have began to slow down a little but has still been effective. Again the cloudy days will produce more active fish on streamers. Nymphing is always a good option for catching fish right now. The moss is still present on the bottom of the river and nymphing can become frustrating cleaning all the moss off your flies. If you do nymph I would only drop my flies 4 feet from my indicator. Rubberlegs and Zebra midges have been my choice for nymphs. Copper Johns, blue wing olive nymphs and pheasant tails.

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Henry’s Fork 11-6-12

News here is that Ashton Dam construction is complete. Only clean-up and wrap-up actions remain.  Ashton Reservoir is being refilled with completion by the end of this year.  It looks like the fishery below the dam may not be impacted from construction activities.  Credit goes to Pacificorp for conducting construction in a manner that kept the fishery quality unharmed as much as possible.

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Still Water 11-3-12

Springfield Reservoir was recently stocked with rainbows for holdover purposes. These fish range 15″ to 19″ and are easily caught. They seem to take anything that resembles a food form, so try your favorite nymph, midge pupa, or wooly bugger type pattern.  Don’t expect a great fight from these fish, but those that survive the winter will be worthy opponents, mentally and physically, come springtime.

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Henry’s Fork 11-3-12

Now is the time on the lower river to present streamers for migrating browns and rainbows stalking up for the winter.  With daylight savings ending, late afternoon fishing becomes more convenient for being on the river when large fish are more active.

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Today at Jimmy’s 11-3-12

We are happy to announce the beginning of our winter fly tying demo schedule for 2012-2013.  Go to the fly tying demo tab on our web site to see demonstrating tiers scheduled from the first demo on Saturday,  November 17th to each Saturday through January 5th.   As we get acceptances we will announce demonstrating tiers on following Saturdays.

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South Fork 11-1

Flows were dropped again this morning to 2,000 cfs. Fishing has been good with Blue Wing Olives and Streamers. There is still a lot of moss on the river. So nymphing deep is pretty ineffective unless you like cleaning moss off your flies. Nymphing can be accomplished by hanging a dropper from a Chernobyl ant or a Grasshopper. The Blue Wing Olive have been hatching in great numbers and fish are rising to them in the afternoons.

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