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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 21)

Still Waters 6-22-2011

All of these are coming around to good fishing. Damselfly nymphs on intermediate lines around weed beds in shallow water is the best strategy.  Midge pupa patterns under an indicator on a floating line are also effective. Try these everywhere including Daniels, Hawkins, Springfield, and Chesterfield reservoirs.  Speaking of Chesterfield Reservoir, much of the land along the west and south shoreline is private property. It is to be crossed by foot traffic only.  The landowner has expressed some concern that some cases of vehicle trespass has happened with garbage being left on the property. For many anglers, foot access to the reservoir across this property is the only way to effectively access the reservoir.  We do not want to lose this access, so  please respect the land owner’s wish of foot travel only.

Warm water species activity you ask?  Hasn’t started yet.  We need more days of summer this year of cool, wet springtime.   We’ll keep posted on when things pick up here.


Still Water 6-18-2011

Action is picking up on all of these. You can credit this improvement to warming waters bringing on some damselfly activity. Not many big emergences yet, but nymphs are moving as water warms. Midges will always be doing the same, so pupa patterns under an indicator will always work.  Presentation is more important than pattern selection.  Concentrate on shallow waters where vegetation is growing. Plants shelter  food forms from scuds, damselfly nymphs, dragonfly nymphs, midges, and leeches.  Floating lines are  very useful now. Find the taking depth through use of an indicator for any of these. Intermediate lines are best for keeping flies submerged in shallow water this time of year. Fishing deeper water with faster sinking lines comes later in the year when shallows warm to the point where dissolved oxygen levels are uncomfortable for fish.


Still Water 6-11-2011

Action is beginning to pick up on all of these. For Chesterfield, Twenty-Four Mile, and Springfield reservoirs action seems long overdue.  Daniels Res. offers the best action whether midging or trying damselfly nymph or small leech patterns if one concentrates on the shallows on the upper end and west side.  Hawkins Res. offers its best fishing early and late in the day all over  with the same patterns.


Still Waters 6-8-2011

All our southeast corner reservoirs are improving fishing-wise, but better days will come with warming weather.  Daniels offers the best fishing with damselfly nymphs, small leech patterns (intermediate lines) as well as migding.  Stick to the shallows.  Some fish are being caught in Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs using the same  techniques and in shallow water.  Avoid the discolored water in both places.  Springfield is producing with these techniques—Early AMs and evenings seem best.  No reports yet on Treasureton.  As for warm water fishing, Twin Lakes is slow as are most others.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.