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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 14)

Still Waters 7-14-12

Irrigation demands in this hot dry summer are beginning to take a toll on our reservoirs. On all of these fish deep and concentrate your efforts early and late in the day. Sand Creek Ponds open for fishing from a boat Monday (thanks, Barry!). You can bet a lot of folks will be there crack of dawn hoping for some of the big resident rainbows and rarer brookies.  Crowds there will thin later.  Want to beat still water crowds, but will settle for moderately sized fish?  Try Paul Reservoir and it cutthroat population ranging to the mid teens in inches. Get there by going northwest off the Interstate -15 Humphrey Exit  just this side of Monida Pass.

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Still Waters 7-10-12

Irrigation demands in this hot, dry summer are beginning to impact reservoir fishing all around the area. Water levels are dropping and remaining water is warming up, some places into the 70s in degrees F.  This applies to Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Mackay, Springfield, Treasureton, Twenty-Four Mile, Twin Lakes, and others.  Here’s a blanket statement:  get out to these soon and concentrate on fishing deeper waters early and late in the day.   Damselfly nymph and small leech patterns and fly rod jigs should work well. This Monday, July 16th, Sand Creek Ponds open to fishing from a boat. Water levels there appear to be good. The same is the case with Paul Reservoir in the Beaver Creek drainage.

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Still Waters 7-7-12

Take it to the bank that because waters are now warming, it is time to go deeper or look for the coolest locations available in any still water location you fish.  Fish will go deep looking for better concentrations of dissolved oxygen.  It’s a good idea to have a reliable thermometer available when you visit a still water. Check water temperature a bit below the surface. When you see temperatures above the low to mid 60s, don’t expect the best fishing such location can offer.   Late and especially very early in the day may be exceptions if water gets cooler.

 

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Still Waters 7-3-12

To be sure, midging under an indicator will get you action on all reservoirs.  But we have reports of fishing taking adult damselflies on the surface on all reservoirs, even on days with some wind.  So now is the time to get your “dry fly reflexes” tuned up before the gulper season begins.

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Still Waters 6-29-12

We don’t like to repeat old information, but in this case we do so because of the potential for enjoyable fishing.  On our still waters to the south (Chesterfield, Daniels, Twenty-Four Mile, Hawkins, Treasureton, Springfield, and other reservoirs) trout are responding very well to adult damselflies.  Wind free periods are best, if you can find them. Try early in the day, or even late.  Off-the-beaten-path places like Weston , Condie, Deep Creek, and Devil Creek reservoirs also offer trout responding in this manner.  Some will offer bass which like adult damselflies, too!

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Still Waters 6-26-12

Damselfly activity, with adult and with nymph patterns is the way to action almost everywhere now.  That means concentrate on shallow waters holding submerged vegetation. Best to present you favorite nymph pattern with a slow troll or a slow hand-twist retrieve. Intermediate lines apply real well for these kinds of fishing, but a floating line with long leader can also work in shallow water. Using a floating line also makes it quicker to switch to an adult pattern when surface action begins.

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Still Waters 6-23-12

Fish are keying on damselfly nymphs on all reservoirs now. Use a slow troll of your favorite nymph pattern in shallow waters. Look for submerged vegetation for best fishing.

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Still Waters 6-9-12

We now have reports of good fishing at Chesterfield, Daniels and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs. In each case midge pupa or damselfly nymph patterns under an indicator and at taking depth brings most interest.  Another spot we hear of good fishing is on the Blackfoot Reservoir at the Dike Lake outlet. And that good fishing is for trout, not carp!

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Still Water 6-5-12

Action on Chesterfield Reservoir seems a bit slow , but when damselflies become fully active, that will change. Midge pupa patterns suspended under an indicator are working well on the upper end of Daniels Reservoir and around the spring holes in Springfield Reservoir.  No information yet on Treasureton Reservoir where the bass population is about the same as trout. Hawkins Reservoir offers good fishing with either damselfly nymph patterns or midge pupa patterns under an indicator. Come June 9th free fishing day activities there will mean more folks than fish.

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Still Waters 5-31-12

Almost everywhere improved fishing is going on. If you do not enjoy sitting over a midge pupa under an indicator, try your favorite damselfly nymph at a slow troll. If you enjoy sitting over a midge pupa under an indicator, just for variety try replacing it with your favorite damselfly nymph.

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