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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Small Streams (Page 15)

Small Streams 5-15-12

Any of these draining high country will have increasing run-off because of our warmer than normal weather. Fall and Teton rivers and much of their higher drainages are seeing increased flows. Look at our May 12th report for smaller waters not so much impacted by run-off.  Check to be sure these are presently open for catch and release fishing .

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Small Streams 5-12-12

Warm weather means run off will return big time. Look at all the snow left in the Grand Teton Range and the Yellowstone Plateau. Its all gotta come down!  Warm River is an exception. Stoneflies are flying on the lower river.  The lower Blackfoot River from the dam down to the Morgan Bridge area offer good fishing. Discolor is coming in from tributaries draining higher country. The Birch Creek family area is offering twenty fish afternoons to anyone coming there with lightweight gear.

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Small Streams 5-8-12

Warm weather coming up will bring more run off into streams draining high country. This will put “kibosh” on fishing these for a while. Warm River is an exception if you accept that not many large trout are present.  Same goes for the Birch Creek family area and diversion.

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Small Streams 4-28-12

Run off remains the culprit here.  And it looks like that’ll be the case for a while.  Fall River and Teton River, both open to catch & release fishing, drain high country and their increased flows mean slow fishing and impacts on the lower Henry’s Fork.  There are a few exceptions. Warm River, also open to catch & release fishing, does not drain high country. It is a bit high and clear, but can be fished.  Blackfoot River from the dam to the bridge just below is in fishing condition.  Birch Creek diversion and in the family area are in excellent shape. Expect fast afternoon fishing when small (#14-#18, your choice) bead head nymphs and even small (#16-#20, midge & BWO patterns) dry flies are presented.  PM water temperatures are in the high 50s in degrees Fahrenheit, just about ideal for aquatic insect and fish activity. Use your favorite light weight rod, and you will have a great time.

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Small Streams 4-14-12

Most are impacted by run off because of recent warm weather.  Exception is the Birch Creek diversion and family area where a light weight rod and small bead head nymph patterns are ideal for afternoon fishing.  You may see some BWO activity.

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Small Streams 3-6-12

Several area streams are open to catch and release fishing until the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.  Consult 2012 fishing regulations to see a complete list of these streams.  Many offer good fishing before run off  begins. Fall River for a few miles above Chester is accessible from the adjacent county road.  There is some access on Lower Teton River where it divides into the north and south  forks north of  Teton City.  Midge and BWO life cycle patterns, small bead head nymphs, stonefly nymph, wooly bugger, and streamer pattens can be effective on these waters.

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Small Streams 10-25-2011

Action on most of these is reduced to looking for responses to afternoon BWO and midge emergences, nymphing, or pitching small streamers.  Best ones to try include Warm River below the spring, Blackfoot River below the reservoir, Teton River below the dam site to the forks, Fall River near the Idaho-Wyoming state line, and the Portneuf River along old Highway 30.

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Small Streams 10-11-2011

Some of these  remain good fishing through the fall season. Typically these are larger waters such as the Teton River, Warm River,  Blackfoot River, and the Portneuf River. A few of the smallest waters will remain good fishing.  Birch, Tincup, Robinson, Bitch creeks, and the Little Lost River are among these.  Because waters on these are at base level (meaning low), flies should be smaller and have less “flash” which could startle fish rather than attract them as they would during higher water. If you prefer to fish dry on any of these, concentrate on using BWO and midge life cycle patterns. On nicer days traditional dry attractor patterns in smaller sizes will bring responses.  But without a doubt the most effective fishing will be either nymphing or presenting streamers on all of these.

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Small Streams 10-07-2011

Many of these go into a funk this time of year.     Flows are down to base level, and insect activity is reduced to a fraction of  warmer weather levels.  Look for fish to concentrate in deeper water where there is more overhead cover.  Fish the top end of the deeper water first as fish will concentrate there waiting for food items coming in.  It’s a great time to practice  nymphing techniques for small waters.

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Small Streams 9-16-2011

No hard frosts yet in much of the area means that many of these waters continue to offer great fishing.   Stay with the terrestrial, attractor, caddis, BWO and trico (if any emerging) life cycle patterns.  Some of these streams  (Salt River tribs, Robinson Creek, etc) will host brook or brown trout runs, so bring streamers.  South Fork and Palisades Reservoir tribs are having hecuba hatches.  These big late summer drakes will attract fish and provide some great late season dry fly fishing.

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