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Small Streams

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Small Streams (Page 30)

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.


Small streams 5-11-09

Birch Creek remains the best place to try.  Wind will reduce the BWO & midge emergences, but small nymphs will always work especially when they are lifted through the water column in view of resident trout.


Small Streams 5-04-09

Birch Creek remains the star of the show here, but most small streams will not open to fishing until the general season opener late this month.  On Birch Creek the PM BWO emergence during low light afternoons brings action.  So do small nymphs.  McTucker Creek is also open to fishing with some suckers still spawning. Try some of the soft egg patterns downstream of the suckers.


Small Streams 4-27-09

Want to find some fly-fishing action without concerns on how big the fish are?   Birch Creek is the answer for you.   The Birch Creek family area open year round above Lone Pine is in great shape with clear water  just slightly high with snow gone from the surroundings.  On ovecast days with  breezy  or less conditions, the BWOs emerge in the afternoon making for action galore. Rainbows & brookies are the fare, and a fourteen incher is a bragging fish.  But there is a great degree of solitude, wild fish, and safe wading conditions requiring only hip boots.   If the BWO’s are not active, small bead head nymphs presented with a “Leisenring Lift” at the end of the drift is sure to bring a respose.  Bring that light weight rod with a floating line.


Small Streams 11/21

Most of these are at the end of the season.  The lower Teton River, the lower Fall River, The Portneuf River along old Highway 30, Birch Creek near Kaufmann Campground and the family area remain accessible. Midges will provide dry fly fishing on all of these, so bring life cycle patterns. Streamers in small sizes, bead head nymphs, and soft hackle patterns should also be in your fly boxes.  Remember that most of these close on November 30th. Check IDF&G fishing regulations.


Small Streams 11/11

The season is over on many of these streams as their waters drop and cool. For some, road conditions make access not possible. The lower Teton River, the lower Fall River and parts of the Blackfoot River above the reservoir remain fishable. Midge & BWO life cycle patterns, small streamers and woolly bugger types and bead head nymphs are the best fly choices.