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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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Still Water 6-20-15

For all the irrigation reservoir to the southeast ( Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins,Springfield, Treasureton, 24-Mile), damselfly activity is the big happening for interesting fish. Not many speckled duns yet.  Now is the time to be on these reservoirs. The low run-off we have had this year means these reservoirs will likely be drawn down by mid summer because of irrigation demands. That will bring on warming waters making for tougher fishing.

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Still Waters 6-16-15

Damselfly mating and egg laying activities are making for good fishing on all our reservoirs. After a relatively slow spring we here action on Springfield Reservoir has really picked up because of damselflies. Try your dry patterns there to help avoid the growing weeds.

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Still Water 6-13-15

Damselflies are pretty much the name of the game with Daniels and Springfield Reservoirs being best bets for fishing nymphs and dries. Twenty-Four Mile has been a a bit “iffy” with respect to the damselflies. There is a question as to whether Chesterfield Reservoir is filling or not. Water coming out seems a bit low and clear, but how much is coming in? Filling is best for fishing, especially come summer months.  Harriman Fish Pond will receive an injection of hatchery fish before the end of this month.  So If you want a chance at the big hold-overs, better go there in the next week or so. Try damselfly and speckled dun life cycle patterns or small leech and snail patterns.

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Still Waters 6-9-15

For all reservoirs to the southeast (Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Springfield, Treasureton, Twenty-Four Mile) the big news is that damselflies are emerging, flying, mating, and laying eggs. This sure makes fly selection easy. Adult and nymph patterns are the essentials on each reservoir.

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Still Waters 6-5-15

From our reservoirs to the southeast (24-Mile, Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Treasureton) comes word that damselfly activity is getting going. Right now its mostly the nymphs moving, so dry fly action is on the way. No dry fly action yet from either damselflies or speckled duns. For now on all of these reservoirs, break out your intermediate and Type II sinkers to present your favorite damselfly nymph patterns. Prefer presenting with indicators, you say? Use that floating line to hang your favorite damselfly nymph about two feet above the bottom.  Especially at Daniels, doing the same with an indicator and midge pupa pattern still works well, especially at the upper end.

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Still Waters 5-30-15

Best still water fishing is at Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir where the damselfly hatch is in full swing with fish responding to both nymphs and dries. It looks like the same happening at Daniels Reservoir is in the near future, but for now try midge pupa patterns under that indicator and search for the taking depth. So far fishing at Hawkins Reservoir is holding up with damselfly nymph patterns while fishing at Chesterfield Reservoir has been a bit slow.

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