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Small Streams

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Small Streams (Page 26)

Small streams 6-15-09

Fall River giant stonefly hatch has started on lower river.  Use your favorite dry pattern.  Portneuf River PMD emergence going great guns. Robinson  Creek is high and clear, but fishable with nymphs and wet flies. Try any bead head, wet renegade, or caddis emerger patterns. Birch Creek continues to be great fishing.  Warm River has PMDs, caddis and sallys ongoing.  Other small streams not draining really high country are beginning to shape up. These include Beaver Creek, the Medicine Lodge Creek drainage, and some of the Salt River tribs coming out of Idaho.


Small Streams 6-12-09

Many remain high because of cool, rainy days. The best are Birch Creek, Portneuf and Warm rivers. All offer top water fishing for trout rising to caddis, Yellow Sallys, BWOs and PMDs.  Robinson Creek is clear and high but dropping. Try beadheads there for now.  Buffalo River and Tom’s Creek are also fishable.


Small Streams 6-08-09

Cool, rainy, and in some cases snowy weather, has kept water levels up on many of these.  Birch Creek remains about the best of these.  Robinson Creek is high & clear meaning nypmhs might work.   Same with Warm River where BWOs provide action up and down the river.  Consider the middle Portneuf River where PMDs are resulting in action.  Look for a really great choice of small streams later this month when we warm up and water levels drop to more seasonal levels.


Small Streams 6-04-09

This rainy weather is keeping some of these high.  Right  now that seems bad, but the wet weather will extend their season further into the summer.  Lower Warm River is fishing well with BWO’s, caddis, and a few PMDs.  Robinson Creek is high and clear, so is fishable with such as bead head nymphs and rubber legs, but beware of the mosquitos. The Portneuf River PMD emergence is going great guns in the reach along the old highway.  Afternoons are best, but overcast conditions make any daytime hour good. There is always great fishing  on Birch Creek, especially in the family area above Lone Pine!


Small Streams 5-28-09

You will find non-stop afternoon action on Birch Creek when BWO’s and yellow sallys emerge.  Right now it is the best of our small streams with clear, run-off free water.  Take your lightest weight systems.   It’s also a great place for a neophyte to “cut their fly-fishing teeth”.  The Portneuf River is good fishing above the Pebble Creek confluence.  A few PMDs are showing up to add to caddis which make for some top water fishing.  Caddis and a few BWO’s make for some dry fly fishing on lower Warm River.


Small Streams 5-25-09

Any small stream draining high country will hold run-off water and therefore not have the best fishing. Try streams that do not have a high country component for the time being. That includes such as Warm River, Buffalo River, Tom’s Creek, Silver Creek, Little Wood River,  and Birch Creek.  For these BWO life cycle, bead head nymphs, small woolly worms, wet attractors, and caddis life cycle pattterns will work well.


Small Streams 5-21-09

Expect many of these to be crowded this weekend, especially those with easy access. This includes Birch Creek, Warm River and Buffalo River.  Many small streams will remain high with run-off.  Henry’s Lake Outlet could be a good bet, depending numbers of surplus cutthroat there and on flow remaining where it is now.  If you try it, use streamers and small wooly bugger patterns.


Small Streams 5-18-09

The Birch Creek family area is the place to fish for now. The creek below Lone Pine opens this weekend and will be a destination for anglers of all kinds of terminal gear.   In other words it will be crowded.  Inflow from the mainstem Snake River makes most of McTucker Creek unfishable.   Run-off will impact many small waters this coming weekend, but some of these will be good locations for opening weekend.   Look for Warm River, Buffalo River, Tom’s Creek, and Portneuf River to be good choices.