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Still Waters 11-1-2011

Some of the best still water fishing going on now is on Daniels and Springfield reservoirs.  At Daniels, try the upper end with leeches in fall colors and midge pupa patterns under an indicator.  Springfield Reservoir was stocked back in October, and these fish ranging up to eighteen inches are now responding to midge pupa under an indicator.  Finding the taking depth ensures success at both places.  Sand Creek Ponds remain open to fishing until December 1st.  Afternoons offer best fishing.   Try leech patterns in fall colors, prince nymphs, bead head peacock leeches, and damselfly and dragonfly nymph patterns.

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Still Waters 10-25-11

With cooler weather here success is picking up on such as Daniels, Chesterfield, Twenty-Four  Mile and Springfield reservoirs. Leech patterns in fall colors are working well on all these. So are midge pupa under indicators when the taking depth is found.  Don’t overlook damselfly nymph patterns remembering that they are always  available for fish. Concentrate on shallower waters.

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Still Waters 10-11-2011

Cooler weather is turning many of these on.  Chesterfield Reservoir seems more consistent, the upper end of Daniels Reservoir is producing as good as anywhere.  The same with the upper end of Treasureton Reservoir. Action is good on Twenty-four Mile Reservoir, but responding fish remain small.   Sand Creek Ponds are another place to go for action, but be sure the weather is good as the upper half of the  gravel/dirt road can be soft after storms.  Concentrate on shallower waters where fish come to seek food items.  What patterns are taking fish, you ask? Leech patterns in fall colors is the answer. Also midge pupa patterns under indicators and small fly rod jigs are working.  Want more specifics? get in touch, or better yet, pay us a visit.

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Still Waters 10-07-2011

This cool weather may mean the end of top water fishing as damselflies and speckled duns are victims of temperature.  Exception  is midge emergers.  Break out the leech and damselfly nymph patterns just about everywhere for best results.   Top end of Daniels Reservoir and Sand Creek ponds have been fishing quite well, and we are getting more reports of success on Chesterfield Reservoir.   Concentrate on shallower water here and everywhere else.

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Still Waters 9-19-2011

Expect action to pick up all over as we cool off.  No hard frosts yet in most areas, but speckled duns are not as numerous as a month ago.   Midge activity is picking up, so rely more and more on pupa patterns under an indicator.   In many waters leech and damselfly nymph patterns will remain effective until freeze-up.  Shallow waters will provide the best fishing everywhere.

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Still Waters 9-13-2011

Fish appear to be moving into very shallow waters in Chesterfield Reservoir to feed on scuds, damselfly nymphs, and other things in weeds. Tailing fish are the clue to this, and they can be spooky.  The upper end of Daniels Reservoir is producing for those presenting damselfly nymph patterns and midge pupa patterns under an indicator.  Surface action seems to be slowing on Sand Creek ponds as the speckled dun emergence is past its peak. On all these reservoirs look for action with wet flies to pick up after a few good frosts.

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Still Waters 9-1-2011

Chesterfield Reservoir remains a big question mark: good one day, down the next.   Let’s hope that fall cool down brings consistency.  Daniels and springfield reservoirs have weeded up in shallow areas, but if you find open pockets in weeds, give ’em a try with damselfly nymph or scud patterns.  You likely will find some action, but stay with those fish until they revive.  Water temperatures are quite high everywhere meaning lean dissolved oxygen levels. Evening caddisfly activity is bringing fish to the top at Sand Creek Ponds, and bloodworm patterns are effective at Grizzly Springs on Island Park Reservoir.

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Still Waters 8-26-2011

Speckled dun activity is making for gulpers on just about all waters.  We visited Sand Creek Ponds (#4) yesterday, and fish were rising everywhere most of the time until mid afternoon. Reward for one deserving fly-fisher in our bunch was a big bow of nearly twenty-seven inches.  This big guy was returned to the pond and will be a bit tougher to fool again.  We caught a few on hopper patterns as breezes blow these in from surrounding grassy banks and near-by fields, but speckled dun nymphs and emergers were best producers.  Amazingly, we had the pond to ourselves.

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Still Waters 8-19-2011

Good speckled dun activity is taking place on Daniels Reservoir.   Springfield Reservoir is so mossy that dry fly fishing is most practical.  Sand Creek ponds continue to produce well with speckled dun life cycle patterns leading the way for activity.  The upper end of Mackay Reservoir is a good bet for action with speckled dun life cycle patterns.  Success on Chesterfield Reservoir depends on who you talk to.

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Still Waters 8-15-2011

Almost across the board speckled duns are beginning to emerge and take over as the best reason for dry fly fishing.  Dry adult damselfly patterns are also great at bringing fish to the surface.  Without wind great fishing can be had the entire day. In fact, with such still waters as Springfield, Treasureton,  Harriman Fish Pond, Hawkins, prime locations on Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile weeding up, dry fly fishing is the most practical way to present.  Everywhere consider using as stout a leader (at least 3X) as practical because those big fish will head down into the weeds attempting to escape. The only way you will get them out is to have a leader that can withstand your efforts on one end and that big one’s efforts on the other.

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