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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 24)

Still Water 6-8-10

Still the same if you are looking for big trout.   For almost all of these, damselfly nymph patterns are your best bet.  Concentrate on shallow waters. Again, see our 5-2-10 still water fishing report for fly selections.

Bluegills and crappies are becoming active in Twin Lakes. Rollie was there yesterday and did quite well using black poppers and white spiders in shallow water.

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Still Waters 6-5-10

The big news is that damselflies are beginning to emerge on many southeast Idaho reservoirs.  With warm weather coming such as Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Treasureton, Twenty-Four Mile and Springfield will offer some great fishing.   Concentrate on shallow waters, around submerged vegetation and bays. See our 5-20-10  Still Waters fishing report for suggested fly patterns.

Now with warmer weather coming look for warm water species to become active. As soon as they do, we will post suggestions here.

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Still Waters 5-29-10

You can bet all with camping & boating facilities will be crowded.  Across the board ( Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, 24-Mile, Springfield, Treasureton) the way to go is damselfly nymph imitations.  Stick to shallow water. No damselfly adults flying yet—they need warm weather.

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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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