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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 29)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Still waters 10-19-2009

Almost anywhere midge pupa pattern underneath a strike indicator will take fish. all you must do is find the taking depth.   Folks are picking up fish on fall color leech patterns on Chesterfield, Daniels, Twenty-four Mile, and Hawkins.  Springfield has been the slowest of the bunch, but action there always picks up towards the end of this month.


Still Waters 10-15-2009

Action is really picking up on most of these. Try fall color leeches on Chesterfield Reservoir where algae bloom is nearly gone.  Use same color leeches on Daniels Reservoir, but prince and hare’s ear nymphs are working. A few callibaetis remain on Hawkins Reservoir.   Of course midge pupa under a strike indicator will work on all these when you find the taking depth.  Springfield Res. seems to be the slowest of the bunch, but action there will pick up as we move towards the end of the month.


Still Waters 10-10-2009

That Chesterfield and Daniels reservoirs are now filling is good news for next year.  Using midge pupa patterns under an indicator is producing well in both places provided one can find the taking depth.   Weeds are starting to break up on Springfield Reservoir, so more open water is available there.  Midge pupa and small leech patterns will work there.