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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 66)

Henry’s Fork 8-11-12

The lower river remains tough fishing.   The exception is to try streamers at twilight.  Terrestrials patterns are the name of the game during daytime on the upper river.  So is the early morning trico emergence.  Be stealthy–“Henry’s Fork Hunchback and all that” during these bright days.  Cumulus build-up will help your chances for success and also bring out some speckled duns and late season PMDs.  Evening caddis swarms can bring some action and fishing success then will pick up just about any time if you are grazed by a thundershower.

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South Fork 8-11-12

No big change here.  Flow out of Palisades Dam is constant (12,400 cfs) and water temp. below the dam is 63 deg. F. Riffle fishing remains spotty. Some good overcast would help improve fishing there, but it is also possible that this is an off year with respect of numbers PMDs.  A few mutant golden stoneflies are showing up, but not as many as last year.  Keep on slamming the banks with chernobyl types and terrestrial patterns.  And do not forget to do the same with that old favorite the super renegade. Pitch it below overhead cover, pull it under, then away from that cover.  The “Super” may be out of style, but it remains one heckuva fish catchin’ fly!

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Big Lost River 8-11-12

With flow out of Mackay Dam now below 400 cfs, safer wading is here.  Tricos are beginning to emerge, so mornings would be a good time for a visit.  Caddis take over in the late afternoon andvening, and daytime is when terrestrial and traditional patterns work well.

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Still Waters 8-7-12

Mackay Reservoir has been one of the better producers lately.  Try fishing the upper end in front of river channels. Gulpers may be active in the morning, so speckled dun life cycle patterns can work.  Otherwise small leech, midge pupa patterns under an indicator, and small bead head nymphs patterns work.

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Yellowstone Park 8-7-12

Terrestrial patterns should take a “front seat” in your fly box if you intend to fish any stream.   With our bright, clear weather fish them as close as possible to overhead cover, especially on low gradient streams such as Boundary, Duck, and Slough creeks and the meadow reaches of such as Bechler, Gibbon, and Lamar meadows.

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Henry’s Fork 8-7-12

Anywhere you venture on the upper river terrestrial patterns will bring your best chance for daytime action.   This includes fishing along banks and around overhangs in canyon reaches.  During evenings look for caddis swarms and spinner falls to produce action.

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South Fork 8-7-12

Jimmy fished the lower river this weekend.  Hoppers and chernobyl patterns, sometimes with a small nymph trailing, brought good action.  So did Bennett’s Rubberlegs. From around 7:30 PM to dark he experienced a very good PMD emergence and spinner fall.  Riffle fishing this season has been sporadic, so might not hurt to consider fishing  riffles in the evening, based on Jimmy’s experience.

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Southwestern Montana 8-4-12

Presently Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept. has no plans for mandatory fishing closures other than those (2PM to midnight)  on the Dearborn, Smith and Sun rivers.  Best way to see closure details and if any new come into effect is to visit their web site then click on the Restrictions and Closures button.  Hebgen Lake gulpers are providing good morning action.

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Small Streams 8-4-12

Some of these are beginning to drop below normal flows because of our warm, dry weather.  Others are “lucky.”  Palisades Creek, for example, has two lakes, Upper and Lower, in its drainage. The upper lake has an almost total subsurface outflow, and the lower lake has a good subsurface component to its outflow.   These just about guarantee that water levels will remain good through the season.  So Palisades Creek is less impacted by the warm, dry weather than most other area streams.  Consider visiting this great small stream. Yellowstone cutts dominate with a few cut-bow hybrids present below the lower lake.  Right now terrestrial, caddis life cycle, and traditional attractor patterns will bring success.  Flavs should soon become important to foraging fish.   Best fishing will be during the afternoon hours, and an excellent trail parallels most of the creek.

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Henry’s Lake 8-4-12

No real change since Everet’s report a couple days ago. Action is at creek mouths, and use the flies he suggested. If you head to these locations, be ready to accept plenty of company that will increase if you get into good fishing.

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