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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 22)

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.


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.


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.


Still Waters 7-21-2011

Some of the best still water fishing in the region opened up on July 15th. You can now fish from a boat or float tube on Sand Creek ponds, and fishing has been excellent.  Damselflies are emerging in big numbers and speckled duns are appearing.  Paul Reservoir is another still water off the beaten path that is fishing well. Exit the Humphrey Exit off Interstate 15 above Spencer. Coming fromthe south, go left back underneath Interstate-15, take a right, and follow the gravel road to the west about twelve miles.  The reservoir is a gentle place to fish, great for families. Eager cutthroat ranging to 15-16 will be taking damselfly nymphs, speckled duns, and small leech patterns. There are other still waters that are lesser known that we could suggest to you for a get-away. Get in touch or come in and discuss these possibilities with us.


Still Waters 7-18-2011

Currently damselfly nymphs are the best way to fish everywhere these days. Pick any reservoir, and that is what’s working.  Keep an eye open for takes on the surface as some adult damsels deposit eggs there and others dive to the bottom to do so. Rises to those on the surface or to those returning to it make for fun fishing with adult patterns. Sand Creek Ponds opened to fishing from boats without motors on July 15th. Damselflies are emerging in big numbers there, but we hear that some speckled duns are beginning to show there just as from such as Chesterfield, Twenty-Four Mile, Daniels and other reservoirs.  With respect to warm water species, its been a slow and strange season so far.


Still Waters 7-14-2011

Here’s a blanket statement: Damselfly emergences are going on everywhere. If you want action on any of our still waters,  you should have patterns for them. Fish ’em in shallower waters and at depth around submerged vegetation. If you see rises, try dry damsel adults.   Also best to have a few speckled dun life cycle patterns near by, they are beginning to show on many waters.


Still Waters 7-11-2011

Damselfly emergences are bringing action everywhere, but a few speckled duns are making an appearance.  Damsel adults are on the water in good numbers, too.  All this means a chance for top water fishing on all still waters.  So be sure to have a floating line and long leaders in your gear.


Still Waters 7-8-2011

All our southeast corner reservoirs  (Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Springfield, Treasureton, and Twenty-Four Mile) are worth fishing for big trout now. Damselfly nymphs are the way to get into the best action. Fish will be hanging close to the bottom to stay in cooler water now that warm weather is here for sure, so a line that gets you down to them is the way to go unless you do some midging or just plain drifting damselfly nymphs, all on a floating line.

A word of caution for the benefit of releasing fish to live another day.  Water temps near the surface are warm, in many of these reservoirs around 70 Degrees F.  That means the longer fish are played close to the surface, the tougher it is on them because the dissolved oxygen levels are lower than their comfort level.  So if we play them quickly, and spend time to revive them their survival chances go up. It may take a while to revive them near the surface, especially the bigger ones, but it sure is worth it when the reason for our visit is to encounter them.


Still Water 7/3/11

Chesterfield Reservoir-Sunday July 3, 2011

What a different year this is. The reservoir is still full, and I am finally seeing damsel nymphs in the shallows.

The fish are big, fat and strong. Either fish leeches and damsels with an intermediate or #2 sinking line in the deeper water, especially if you know where existing weed beds and structure are prevalent.

Or come in to the shallower waters (around weedbeds and dropoffs) and indicator fish in anything from 1 to 10 feet of water. Fish chironomids early and then go to your favorite damsel pattern. Fish will be cruising the edges , even where the dropoff is immediate and deep.

Also-Look for Callibaetis nymphs and drys along with adult (dry) damsels. Fish Chesterfield “Hebgen ” style with a  callibaetis /damsel nymph hung from a Callibaetis or dry damsel. Look out-the fish are STRONG



Still Water 7-5-2011

Damselfly activity is the name of the game on all reservoirs.   Big fish are responding now at  Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs.  Concentrate on shallow waters and around submerged vegetation.  Same thing at Daniels Res. where midging remains just as effective.  When it comes to damselflies, don’t overlook  using dry adult patterns on the surface.  Can be a lot like gulper action.  Sand Creek Ponds will join the list of still water choices for non-motorized boating with fishing after July 15th.