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Still Water 11/3

No change with respect to the great fishing success and taking strategy on Chesterfield and Daniels reservoirs. Springfield is coming on with the breakup of weeds. Now wooly bugger types in fall colors will be almost as effective there as presenting midge pupa patterns.

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Still Water 10/27

Chesterfield and Daniels reservoirs are the stars of the show here. Use leech patterns in fall colors and midge life cycle patterns for action. Springfield Res. is coming on, too. Same kind of flies, and fish open water around weed beds.

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Still Water 10/24

Chesterfield Res. is coming on strong to share the spotlight with Daniels Res. Don’t overlook Springfield: it is also producing. Use fall color leeches on all these. And midge pupa under indicators will also produce on each of these. Hawkins and Twenty-four Mile suffer from draw-down, so mud flats are in your way of getting to water on each.

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Still Water 10/16

Chesterfield continues to improve, and Daniels remains the stalwart excellent fishery whether you prefer such as presenting leech and streamer patterns or midge pupa under an indicator. There are also fish sipping midges at the surface there.  Springfield is coming on as we advance into fall, and like Daniels a variety of presentations offer success.

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Still Water 10/16

Chesterfield continues to improve, and Daniels remains the stalwart excellent fishery whether you prefer such as presenting leech and streamer patterns or midge pupa under an indicator. There are also fish sipping midges at the surface there. Springfield is coming on as we advance into fall, and like Daniels a variety of presentations offer success.

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Still Water 10/13

Most reservoirs are fishing very well, thank you. Action at Chesterfield has picked up since we have cooled off. Fall color (halloweens, purple, brown or olive mohair, dark crystal buggers, green apple, bead head peacock) leeches presented on intermediate lines are very effective here as well as on Daniels, Springfield and Twenty-four (be careful when traversing the mud flats) Mile Reservoirs. Springfield features the best midge fishing, and even Hawkins, low as it is, is producing fish for those presenting leech patterns.

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Still Water 10/7

Daniels Reservoir remains the best of these. Look for Springfield Reservoir to improve as the cooler weather and shorter days help break up weeds. Same applies to Chesterfield Reservoir: cooler weather will make those big fish more active. Bring your favorite leech patterns to any of these places for action. Want to bring a youngster or physically challenged person to a very safe still-water location to enjoy some easy fishing? Try Crystal Springs, now operated as a family fishery by IDF&G. Its open year round and can be fished from shore as well as from a small boat.

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Still Water 10/4

Daniels Reservoir provides the best action here. Again, concentrate efforts around and above the trees at the upper end. The west side bay is also a very good place to see action. Taking flies include hallowe’ens, green apple leeches and your favorite leech pattern. Springfield Reservoir is fishing well for those trying open water. Use intermediate lines to get your favorite leech and scud patterns to the taking depth. Use floating lines to present midge pupa patterns under a strike indicator. Twenty-four Mile Reservoir is very low with muddy shorelines somewhat difficult to negotiate. Fish are there, but getting to them is best through floating. Fishing at Chesterfield Res. is picking up, and the water is slowly rising as storage for next year is in progress. That’s a good sign for carrying fish over to next season. For now use intermediate lines to present your favorite leech pattern. Island Park Reservoir is about half full, so concentrate your fishing around cooler water such as around Trude and Grizzly springs.

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Still Water 9/22

We are getting good reports from Chesterfield Res. where action is picking up for those fish in medium sizes. A few “hogs” are being taken. Use intermediate lines and your favorite leech or damselfly nymph patterns. Daniels Reservoir remains its consistent self with leech, damselfly nymph and midge pupa patterns producing well on the upper end and west side bay. Springfield will improve as weeds disperse, but is producing for those using midge pupa patterns under indicators. Trude and Grizzly springs remain the places to fish on Island Park Reservoir, and blood worm patterns are the ones to use.

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Still Water 9/11

Chesterfield Res. is still hosting an algae bloom that slows its fishing. Colder weather is needed to break this up. The good news here is that there will be substantial holdover water for next year. Twenty-four Mile Res. is low but when water is re-introduced from inlet creeks, action will pick up. Daniels Res. (north end and west bay) offers pretty good fishing for those using intermediate lines to present leech patterns. Look for action to pick up as we cool off. Trude and Grizzly springs hosts the only good fishing on Island Park Res. Use bloodworm patterns.

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