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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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Still Waters 8-8-2011

Daniels and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs seem to have the most consistent action with damselfly, midge, and speckled dun life cycle patterns bringing the most action.  Evenings and early AMs are best times as is typical for the time of year. With respect to Chesterfield Reservoir, fishing success depends on who you talk to.   Some of the shallow water there is weeding up as is the case with Springfield and Treasureton reservoirs.  If weeds make wet fly presentation tough, look for rises to dry damsel and speckled dun patterns.  Some of us visited the upper end of Mackay Reservoir and had a great time catching ‘bows, cutts and brookies to medium sizes.

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Still Waters 8-05-2011

Damselfly nymphs and adult (dry) patterns seem to bring the most consistent action on just about all of these.  We fished Sand Creek Ponds a couple of days ago. The best fishing was during the rain on Tuesday, 8/2.  See a fish rise, cast a damselfly nymph to it, and you would have a take.  Fishing slacked  bit the next day, but was good enough to keep us on the water until evening. Even caught a few on dry damsel patterns. We saw a few speckled duns, but no gulpers to speak of. When they begin on this and any reservoir fishing will be very interesting.

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Still Waters 8-01-2011

Right now Sand Creek Ponds offer the most consistent fishing with damselfly nymph patterns the best way to find action. Expect speckled duns to take over soon as the best way to encounter fish.  Action on Springfield Reservoir is finally picking up, but weeds are growing into mats in many places.  So try dry damselfly patterns, especially if you see rises.

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Still Water 7-27-2011

If you have not heard we have a new state record for rainbow trout.  This fish from American Falls Reservoir Tuesday, 7/26, weighed just under 35 pounds and was taken on a jig in about fifteen feet of water.  It was just over 41 inches in length. The weight of this fish is nearly double that of the previous state record and begs the question of how many fish in the reservoir weigh between the old and new record.  Certainly there are even larger rainbows than the new record in the reservoir.  Other than that, damselfly life cycle patterns are working everywhere in still waters, and speckled duns are beginning to show up. Particularly good fishing can be had at Sand Creek Ponds during afternoon hours.  Again damselfly life cycle patterns with speckled duns are beginning to show there.

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