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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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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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