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Still Water

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 18)

Still Waters 3-17-12

Fly-fishing from the banks at Springfield Reservoir is effective lately.  Locations are limited, and water has not warmed much.  But try the unoccupied docks near the culvert under Highway 39 and at the east end park.  There is some room to move around on the south shoreline  behind Homer’s resort, but be careful of the deep mud in places. You do not want that cold water inside your waders!  Try small wooly bugger types or small prince nymphs on an intermediate line and a slow troll.  Midge activity should soon be on the increase as water warms, so have your floating line, indicators and midge pupa patterns available.


Still Waters 3-13-12

We fished Springfield Reservoir last Friday. Beautiful almost wind-free day, but to our surprise water temp was about 44 Deg. F.  No wonder our feet below the pontoon boats began to ache after an hour or so.  Very few rises and very scarce midge population on the surface.  Best method to catch action was a SLOW troll of a small (#10) bead head peacock leech.  All fish were ‘bows in the 17-21 inch range with one small brown. Stories have it of some large browns now present  here.


Still Waters 3-6-12

Springfield Reservoir remains the star in the show here.  Almost all other waters remain iced over. Fishing success at Springfield has been best for those presenting midge pupa patterns under an indicator.  Experiment to find the taking depth.  Small prince nymphs, small fly rod jigs, and leech patterns on intermediate lines also produce.   With warming weather look for action to be more consistent.


Still Waters 2-13-12

Springfield Reservoir remains ice-free, and fishing has been pretty good. Try midge pupa below a strike indicator.  Experiment to find the taking depth, but shallow waters such as behind the resort, along the island’s north shore, and around the east end are good locations.  Try small leech (#10) and Prince nymph (#14) patterns anywhere. Small fly rod jigs can save the day if fish are not bulging to emerging midges.


Still Water 11-26-2011

Springfield is a convenient place to fish this time of year. Of all local reservoirs roads to it are most likely in good condition , and it does not ice over until late December or early January. Some years it never ices over completely.  Springfield was recently stocked with cookie cutter ‘bows running 14-18″.  They are not the prettiest fish in the world, nor are they real vigorous, but they are eager. Try small streamers, small prince nymphs with and without beads, small fly rod jigs, midge pupa under an indicator, scud patterns, or woolly buggers.


Still Waters 11-11-2011

Question now is “when will these ice over?”.   Chesterfield Reservoir bays and shorelines, anywhere on Springfield Reservoir, and the upper end of Daniels reservoir is fishing quite well.   To any of these bring big flies, that is woolly bugger and leech patterns in fall colors, and small flies; that is midge pupa patterns.  Concentrate on shallow waters during warmest times of day and don’t fall in.


Still Waters 11-05-2011

Now that the weather is turning for the worse, Chesterfield Reservoir is living up to its reputation as a great fishery. Try your favorite leech patterns in shallow water.  Same thing with the upper end of Daniels Reservoir–fishing is turning on with leech patterns in fall colors and damselfly nymph patterns.  We hear the same for Blackfoot River Reservoir, especially along the south side near Dike Lake.   Here’s a thought about this famed reservoir which seems to have fallen on hard times. It will hold abundant water this winter meaning good holdover trout next year.  With this high water some of the pelican habitat is flooded, so better days may be ahead.


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.


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.


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.