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Still Waters 10-17-15

Several of our irrigation reservoirs continue to have good fishing. Although water at Chesterfield Reservoir is low, boats can be launched. Fish are in good conditions there and, as is the case at Daniels, are taking midge pupa under an indicator as well as damselfly nymph patterns. A pleasant surprise is that Hawkins Reservoir is fishing quite well using the same techniques. Midge pupa patterns presented under an indicator always seem effective at Springfield Reservoir. Blood worm patterns are producing around Island Park Reservoir submerged springs. Things are changing though. As we cool off, fish will seek better sources of easy protein. That means presenting leech patterns on intermediate lines will become increasingly effective.

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Still Water 10-10-15

Sand Creek Pond #4 produces early and late in the day if you try soft hackled flies  not far below the surface. Partridge and orange or partridge and olive are good candidates.  Chesterfield Reservoir, even with low water, is producing some fish responding to damselfly nymph patterns. Springfield Reservoir was planted not long ago, so expect it to be tough to get to big hold-overs. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator work if you find the taking depth. The same technique works well at Daniels Reservoir, but wading the discolored water line under breezy conditions is as good a technique as float fishing.

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Still Waters 9-18-15

We have not said much recently here, so let’s get caught up a bit. Water is very low at Chesterfield Reservoir, but fish are hitting leech and damselfly nymph patterns. It’s easier to launch flotation devices than boats there. Daniels Reservoir is offering good fishing with the same patterns because water is in good shape thanks to the conservation pool. Springfield Reservoir offers good fishing for those folks concentrating on the “donut holes,”  that is the spring holes between the weed beds. Try scud, damselfly nymph, damselfly adult, and midge life cycle patterns.  Sand Creek Ponds still fishes well for those presenting speckled dun life cycle patterns. Try a soft hackled patterns (ie, partridge & orange) in size 14 or 12 with a slow retrieve, just under the surface and close to rising fish. Evenings and late afternoons seem best.  Forget about the Harriman Fish Pond until next year or later. Looks like the holdovers will be few & far between.

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Still Waters 8-22-15

The cooler mornings and evenings are just the ticket for keeping these waters cool enough for fish not only to remain active, but to have a better chance of survival when subject to catch and release. This really is the case for shallow water bodies such as Sand Creek Ponds #2 and #4. Pond 4 is fishing well for those folks presenting speckled dun life cycle patterns, with evenings being a great time to be on the water.  The Trude Springs area of Island Park Reservoir continues to produce for those  offering midge pupa patterns at depth. To the southeast, Daniels Reservoir seems to be the best bet. Although speckled dun emergences there are sparse compared to such as Sand Creek Ponds, their life cycle patterns are working well. Want to try a different still water?   Snow Creek Pond, also known as Teardrop Lake, has holdover rainbows. It’s ideal for flotation devices. Get there by taking the Snow Creek Road off the Fish Creek Road which leaves at Warm River Campground. Dry damselfly patterns seem to be producing well on both Chesterfield and Springfield Reservoir.  Water in Chesterfield Reservoir has dropped considerably, but enough remains for ‘bows at moderate sizes to provide good fishing.

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Still Waters 8-12-15

Springfield Reservoir continues to fish well on its surface. Try adult damsel patterns over channels between weed beds.  Best time to fish Sand Creek Pond #4 is early AM or evening. Soft hackled patterns (partridge and orange or partridge and olive in #12-14) just under the surface make as good as any other speckled dun emerger patterns.  We have a report that the Harriman Fish Pond is being dewatered. If this is actually happening, forget about hold-overs for next year.

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Still Waters 7-25-14

We have good reports from Chesterfield and Springfield Reservoirs. At Springfield try dry damselfly and dry speckled dun patterns. For Chesterfield, fish  near the reservation boundary and try renegade patterns on the surface. Are fish taking these for ants? Who knows!

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Still Water 7-21-15

Most of our irrigation reservoirs to the southeast are experiencing draw-down. Water in Daniels Res. has dropped, is protected through a conservation pool limit. Twenty-Four Mile Res. is not yet down to “mud flat” conditions, but dropping. Outflow from Chesterfield Reservoir is discolored indicating silt passing the dam. North of us Island Park Reservoir’s west end springs continue to provide action, and Hebgen Lake is seeing some gulper activity. Recently released hatchery rainbows in Harriman Fish Pond will respond as gulpers in the AM to emerging speckled duns. The same is happening at Sand Creek Ponds #1, #4, and Blue Creek Reservoir (Ponds #2 and #3 are not stocked with fish) which are now open to fishing. When wind picks up enough to impact surface and near surface fishing on Sand Creek Ponds, switch to a small black or olive leech pattern. Warm water prevails on Sand Creek Ponds and the Harriman Fish Pond, so take time to fully revive your catch on releasing it.

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Still Waters 7-14-15

Springfield Reservoir is mossing up as usual this time of year. That means fishing channels between weed beds is the best way to avoid catching “salad,” and using a floating line is almost necessary. Try presenting dry damsel patterns or a damselfly nymph just under the surface along the channels.  Island Park Reservoir has been fishing quite well for those going to the west end springs. Blood worm patterns fished deep under an indicator seem to bring the best results.  The Harriman Fish Pond was stocked a few weeks ago. As with Springfield Reservoir it mosses up, making fishing dry speckled dun and adult damselfly patterns the best way to go, especially early and late in the day.  Sand Creek Ponds will open to fishing from boats Thursday, July 16th.  Ponds #2 and #4 are the places to fish. Look for fish to take speckled dun and damselfly life cycle patterns, but play them quickly and revive them thoroughly because waters will be very warm.

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Still Waters 7-7-15

Dry damsels are the way to go almost everywhere. Speckled duns are showing up, too. But you had better hurry because draw-down will take effect soon during this hot and dry summer.  Fishing with these on Twenty four-mile Reservoir seems to be holding up well. We have not heard much about fishing success on Chesterfield and Treasureton Reservoirs. Daniels Reservoir is fishing well and will be least effected by draw down because of a minimum pool arrangement.  But low water anywhere warms and therefore effects fishing.

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Still Water 6-27-15

Big news here is that speckled duns are now ( we saw their spinners on Shoshone Lake at 8000 feet yesterday during wind-free periods) emerging from most of our still waters. With very warm weather predicted for next week, fishing early and late in the day could be most productive. As water warms up, seek sources of coll water available to trout. This means locate spring holes and  fish creek or river inlets.

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