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Still Waters 5-24-10

If you are heading southeast, we need warm weather for these to reach their peak.  This includes Chesterfield, Daniels, Treasureton, 24-Mile and Hawkins, and even Springfield. Yes, they will be well attended for the upcoming three-day weekend, but if you present  midge pupa patterns under indicators or damselfly nymph patterns  on intermediate lines you will have success.  Concentrate on shallow waters such as the upper end of Daniels, around the bays and willows near the dam at Chesterfield.  See our Still Waters fishing report of 5/20 for suggested patterns.   Because of our cold weather warm water fishing remains slow.   With warm weather action will come around.

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Still Waters 5-20-10

During the next few weeks the Henry’s Fork will see hoards of anglers chasing the giant stonefly emergence. Now that the South Fork flush is past, fishing on the river is shaping up very well which will attract many anglers.  So still waters offer an alternative.  Right now many of these are open, or will open soon.  Currently some of the best our still waters offer is at Daniels Reservoir.   Concentrate on shallower waters like the upper end and east side shorelines.  Damselfly nymphs are moving here and on all local still waters in the southeastern region.  Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir is producing for anglers presenting damselfly nymph patterns. So are Hawkins and Springfield.  Same for Chesterfield; try the willowed shorelines just above the dam.  On all of these waters presenting midge pupa patterns below a strike indicator will also work when you find the taking depth.  We have word that Treasureton Reservoir is coming back from the fish kill of a few years back.  Rainbows have been re-established, and some good ones are being caught.

Interested in such as Twin Lakes, Condie and others for warm water types? We need thing to warm up a bit, but bluegill candy and damselfly nymph patterns fished below the surface can bring results.

Recommended still water flies

Damselfly nymphs

  • Mity Mite
  • Bead head damsel
  • Olive crystal
  • Philo damsel
  • Henry’s olive/red

Midge pupa

  • Bloodworm patterns
  • Ice cream cone patterns
  • Black sally chironomid
  • Morrison high voltage midge pupa
  • Griffith’s gnat
  • Collaborator midge pupa

Nymph patterns

  • Zug bug
  • Prince nymph, with and w/o bead head
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Still Waters 5-14-10

Damsel nymph patterns are the way to go on Daniels, Springfield and Hawkins reservoirs. Use intermediate lines, and concentrate on shallower water.  Midge pupa patterns underneath a strike indicator  work well on these, as usual.  Being at higher elevations, Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs are coming on.  Look for our warming weather to improve action on these.   As soon as information comes in on these we will post such here.

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Still Waters 5-4-10

No; all the wind has not blown our reservoirs away.  But the hi-speed winds have made getting out on them difficult.   So there is not a lot of experience to talk about.  The best fishing seems to be on Springfield and Hawkins  reservoirs for now. Midging is the way to go on both, but small damselfly nymph imitations seem also to work on both.  At Hawkins best fishing is near the dam.

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Still Waters 4-24-10

As  streams succumb to run-off and irrigation water, our reservoirs will become more important as fishing destinations.  Some including Chesterfield and 24-Mile recently became ice free and best fishing is yet to come. The upper end of Daniels Res. is beginning to produce for those using small leech and damselfly patterns.  Don’t overlook using dragonfly nymph patterns in the shallow waters there.   Big woolly bugger types an even big stonefly nymph patterns fished slowly along the bottom in a direction toward the shoreline can effectively imitate dragonfly nymphs this time of year.  Springfield has recently filled with irrigation sub water.   Fishing is a bit slow there but will improve as fish get use to the water change.  Midges are active there.  Damselfly nymphs will become active soon.   Best reservoir fishing in the region currently is at Hawkins Res.  Fish are moving toward the dam to look for spawning areas.  Damselfly nymph, small leech and BLM patterns are effective when fished on intermediate or faster sinking lines.

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Still Water 4-20-10

Many of these are ice-free now, so get your tubes and boats in shape to launch. Daniels Reservoir has been ice-free for several days now. Midge pupa below strike indicators and small leech or other patterns to simulate damselfly nymphs are the flies to use. If you fish the shallower waters, don’t overlook dragonfly nymph patterns. Trout love these big nymphs in the early season.  It’s  a reason why big woolly bugger types fished close or on bottom are effective.  Ice is off Chesterfield Res., but so far fishing is slow.  For 24-Mile Reservoir getting there is the question.  Recently doing so required a long walk meaning the road is not in the best shape yet. That’s great for keeping down the crowds, and means either walking the shore line or carrying a float tube for getting out on the water.  Evenings and early AMs are the best time to be on Springfield Res.  Big midges are emerging, and small leech patterns are effective to simulate damselfly nymphs.  Don’t forget the words given above about dragonfly nymphs. Their patterns work at Springfield Res. this time of year.

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Still Waters 4-06-10

Ice is just beginning to leave Daniels Reservoir.   Springfield remains the only reservoir free of ice to date.   Midge life cycle (floating lines) and small leech (intermediate lines) patterns remain the most effective patterns.

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Still Waters 3-30-10

Springfield Reservoir remains the only one in the region free of hard water.  Look for others to start coming ice-free by mid April.  At Springfield slowly trolling small leech patterns on an intermediate line produces.   So does fishing midge pupa under a strike indicator.   The trick is finding the taking depth.

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Still Waters 3-20-10

Springfield Reservoir has been free of ice for some time. It is open to year round fishing.  Recently small leech patterns presented on intermediate lines have been producing when trolled or retrieved slowly.  The water is about a foot low and still somewhat cold. But as we warm up with longer days midge activity will increase and the use of pupa patterns below an indicator will become more productive.  Week days will be less crowded than weekends.

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Still Waters 11-1-2009

Leech patterns in fall colors and midge pupa patterns under an indicator are the way to go almost everywhere. Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Twenty-four Mile, and Springfield are all producing for those using these patterns.

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