Fishing is slow because fish are running deep to find coolest waters. Exceptions are gulpers which are active on surface in mornings when surface waters are coolest and such as speckled duns and trico clumps are easily visible until wind comes up.
Fish are mostly at depth, so leeches presented deep or midge pupa at depth and under a strike indicator are the best ways to find action. We are past the peak of best still water fishing, but things will pick up. Springfield Res. has been slow fishing. Chesterfield Res. is spotty, Daniels and Hawkins reservoirs both have good water pool which bodes well for fall fishing.
Pretty much everywhere go deep to find fish in coolest water unless you see gulpers in action. When you tie into gulpers bring them in as quickly as possible, and revive them thoroughly in order to improve their survival chances in the warmer surface waters.
As is usual this time of year, action slows on most waters. As waters warm (or drop then warm) fish seek the coolest places which hold the best dissolved oxygen amounts. Usually these are the depths making fishing tough, but steady springs or sizable, cooler creeks entering can be refuges. Thus these can be potential locations for action. If it is not possible to fish at depth, spring holes, or creek mouths can be locations for action. Speckled dun flights or dry damselflies in the early can bring surface action on many still waters.
You might find some surface action early in the day from gulpers, but the summer slump is impacting the shallows almost everywhere. Here’s the good news: even with drawdown things look good for holding water to last through the fall months when fishing will pick up again. If you want to get out now, fish deep where cooler waters act as a refuge for fish. Thus full sink lines, small leech patterns or deeply presented midge pupa under an indicator will be the best ways for action.
Reservoirs at lower elevations as well as those that are shallow: this means Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Tewnty-Four Mile, Springfield, Twin Lakes, are warming. Thus trout fishing in these is slowing. Your best bet is to try deep water with a full sink line to present leech and midge patterns as fish will go there to seek cooler conditions until we get to the fall months.
Looks like we are around the peak of action in many still waters thanks to damselfly and speckled dun hatches. Chesterfield, Daniels, and Hawkins reservoirs seem to offer the best, although they are warming as expected in mid summer. Take your favorite patterns dry and wet, for these. Early in the day is a great time to be on all of these, and before the wind comes up Daniels offers good shoreline fishing. So does Twenty-Four Mile but on a smaller scale. Twin Lakes is still produces fast action for warm water species.
Discolored water is from wave action caused by wind. When you see this discolor, fish at its outside edge. Fish will forage there for food forms washed from the banks. We can recommend taking fly patterns !
All are beginning to warm up. Chesterfield has damselflies and speckled duns going around coves, weed beds and shallows, but fish are moving to deeper water, so #3 sinkers and such become more important. Same can be said for Daniels. As Hawkins warms action there will slow. For Springfield Res., midging with a strike indicator seems to produce best with fish rising to callibaetis duns near sundown.
Great action is provided on Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Twin Lakes, and Springfield from damselfly actions. Nymphs are sure to work around weed beds, shallows and transitions. But watch for fish taking adults on the surface. Then swith to your dry patterns for a great fly-fishing kick.