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Still Waters 6-4-2011

We are paying attention to these because still waters are the only ones offering any variety right now.  But even still waters are not at their best.  We need higher water temperatures to get things really active, and it looks like the current warming trend is just what is needed.  We have not heard of any still waters being terrific to this point, but stay with those small leech and damselfly nymph patterns because soon things will soon break loose.   And concentrate on shallower waters whether at Chesterfield (avoid discolored inflow from Toponce Creek), Twenty-Four Mile (avoid discolored water from east side creek) or Daniels reservoirs—they are warmer. Of course midging will always work.

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Still Waters 6-1-2011

No big changes here.  Midging remains the most consistent technique just about everywhere.  Best locations for midging are upper end of Daniels Reservoir, Hawkins Res. along willows adjacent to the highway, east and west ends of Springfield Res.  Warm weather is sure to boost fishing activity on all still waters.

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Still Waters 5-28-11

The big factor on all of these is the weather. During days with sunshine and (if this is possible) no wind water warms enough to get aquatic insects active and fish responding to them.   This goes for all still waters. Next week looks like the beginning of a good weather spell, so we will keep you informed of how things progress.

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Still Waters 5-25-2011

Even though Hawkins, Daniels and Springfield reservoirs are fishing well, bad weather can interfere. Try midging deep on Daniels.  Damselfly nymphs will work on all these.  And pray for some good weather because with warming all these reservoirs will pick up fishing-wise.

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Still Waters 5-21-2011

Daniels, Hawkins, and now Springfield reservoirs offer the best fishing.  Midge pupa, any damselfly nymph imitations, and VERY small fly rod jigs are the ways to go.  Three of us tried Springfield yesterday.  Not much action until late afternoon.  Fish began midging then and taking the very few speckled duns emerging.  We had fish up to 22″, mostly from the east end.  Damselfly nymph patterns seemed to work best.  No big numbers of damselfly nymphs moving yet, but you gotta remember that they are in the water all the time and therefore available for trout to some degree.   That is why their imitations are effective even in the early season on these still waters.  We will keep up to date on how waters clear on Chesterfield and 24-Mile reservoirs. They still have run-off inflows, so when that slows these will become better fishing.

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Still Water 5-18-2011

Just as Tim said on 5/16, it’s still the same: Chesterfield Res. looks like chocolate milk thanks to run-off from Toponce Creek and the Portneuf River.  Add Twenty-Four Mile to the list of chocolate milk look-alikes.   That leaves Daniels, Devil Creek, Hawkins, and Springfield on the list of reservoirs with clearer water.  Midging brings good results on all these.  So do damselfly nymph and small leech patterns. We have no solid info on Treasureton Reservoir yet, but there has been good holdover water through the winter, and some very large fish were taken from it late last season.

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Still Water 5/16

We just received word for Tom that the water at Chesterfield lo0ked like chocolate milk! As we continue runoff for the time being, this reservoir will remain muddy. Stay tuned for more details and we will let you know as soon as the water clears.

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Still Waters 5-14-2011

These are coming around, and for the most part offer the best fishing in the area.  That’s because run off has reached most of our streams.  Midging will bring you action–just find the taking depth.   Damselfly nymphs, small bead head nymphs, and leech patterns are the ticket most everywhere.   Most action will be in shallower water, so concentrate your efforts there.  The upper end of Daniels Res. , Hawkins Res.  in front of the dam and along the roadside willows, Chesterfield Res. from the Toponce diversion to the dam are good candidate places to try now.

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Still Waters 5-11-2010

Improvements coming everywhere with our warming weather.   For all of these midge pupa below indicators, once you find the taking depth, will work.  So will damselfly nymph patterns and small leech patterns.  If you try shallows on all still waters, which you should,don’t overlook dragonfly nymph patterns this time of year.  Fish them right on the bottom, with a slow retrieve (towards shorelines) interrupted with an occasional twitch.

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Still Waters 5-7-2011

Action is picking up on all reservoirs in the southeast corner of Idaho. Midge pupa under an indicator presented at the taking depth is working well.   So are damselfly nymph and standard sized (#4-#8) leach patterns.  Shallower waters and around submerged vegetation are best because they tend to be warmer and produce more food forms.   Of these reservoirs Springfield seems to offer slowest action.  Mackay Reservoir is fishing well at inlet channels. Try leech patterns.  With respect to still waters at higher elevations,  it’s going to be interesting to see when these become ice  free.   Ice on Henry’s Lake remains healthy and needs warm weather stretches to change. Same for Island Park Reservoir.

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