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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 71)

Small Streams 7-14-12

Some of the smallest are beginning to warm up as flows get down to base level. Lower Fall River is an example because of irrigation draw down. If you see kids swimming in the river just below the Highway 20 bridge, that is a clue for water warm enough to be uncomfortable for trout.  Other small streams are doing quite well.  We have reports of fish responding very well to PMDs hatching from the Teton River in the Basin and fish responding very well to afternoon caddis flights in Robinson Creek.

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South Fork 7-14-12

No significant change here since our 7/12 report.  Follow our fishing suggestions within it.  We are so fortunate that flows out of Palisades Dam have remained constant at an almost ideal level for fishing for so long.  This cannot last forever during this so far hot and dry growing season.  Sometime in the future there will be an flow increase that will effect fishing. We will keep our eye on the South Fork gauge just below the dam to warn when this happens.

One other thought; please consider courtesy when using boat launch facilities. If you see a “crunch” coming, maybe have some more of whatever refreshment and tell another story.  Hey; we are fly-fishers! Each of us has a backlog of stories. Who cares about believabilty whnit is all in fun!

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Henry’s Lake 7-14-12

Fishing seems to be holding up fairly well.   Creek mouths and spring holes are becoming the best places as fish seek cooler water. Try such as mity mites, small bead head peacock leeches, snail patterns, and your favorite small wooly bugger types.  By mid day there could be as many boats as fish around the best creek mouths, so go to boat launches before daybreak and don’t use your bright headlights.

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Yellowstone Park 7-14-12

Cloudy wind free days like today bring out mayflies big time.  Now is the time to be on Fall River Basin streams, Slough Creek, Lamar River, Yellowstone River below the lake, and Lewis River Channel.  Beula Lake is producing well with damselflies and speckled duns continuing to hatch and bring action.  Pelican Creek opens for fishing tomorrow, but don’t expect the number of cutts we had returning downstream back in the 1990s.

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Henry’s Fork 7-14-12

Brown drakes are winding down on the upper river, but PMDs and afternoon flavs and later caddis make for good fishing during cloudy days like today.   Start thinking terrestrials. For now that is ant, beetle, and cricket patterns.  Soon it will time to break out hopper patterns, but have you ever tried presenting a hair mouse at dusk….. ?

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Small Streams 7-10-12

Here is some good news about a small stream that has recently been in the fishing doldrums.  IDF&G is enhancing the native cutthroat trout population on Willow Creek east of Idaho Falls.  Folks fishing the lower creek report some near trophy size fish and some very good action. Most of the action has been through presenting bead head nymphs, but with terrestrial insects growing, forage minnows present, and a good caddisfly population,  a lot of fishing options are at hand here.  There are several access places to public land on the creek above Ririe Reservoir and in Bonneville County.   Visit us for more information on “where, how and when” to fish this stream.

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Henry’s Fork 7-10-12

The upper river offers the best fishing now, with flavs appearing in the PM, AM PMD spinner falls, evening caddis hatches and a growing terrestrial insect population. All this is taking place on the Last Chance-Harriman reach. Box Canyon offers good nymph fishing with you favorite bead head nymphs in medium sizes and with rubber leg patterns. The big event on the river this week on July 12th is the Caldera Symposium which combines science and fly-fishing.  This event takes place 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at Pond’s Lodge. Go to the Henry’s Fork Foundation web site to see details on this event which promises to increase your knowledge on how to approach Henry’s Fork fly fishing and appreciation for its fishery.

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