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Still Waters 8-2-14

Nearly all our still waters are currently suffering from drawdown. This translates to warm waters, or in some cases (ie; top end of Daniels), no water. Where water is shallow and therefore warm, fish have a lot tougher time reviving on release after being played for almost any length of time. Consider fishing the deepest still waters, or where springs enter, which are sure to be the coolest. It may take a type four sinking line to get down in the deep, but you will do a favor to any fish you catch by giving them a better survival rate.

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Head North for good Stillwater action

Area stillwaters have slowed down for the most part due to the summer heat and water levels being drawn down. The reservoirs to the southeast have been most affected by the summer heat. The only real option on lakes like Daniels and Chesterfield is fishing deep and fishing early. Fast sinking lines and deep indicator fishing with double chironomid set ups have been most productive.

Lakes and Reservoirs to the North have fared a little better as far as water levels and water temperatures. We have received good reports from Hebgen, Cliff, Wade, Island Park, and Henry’s Lake in the past week. Henry’s Lake has been fishing well around the Targhee Creek area early in the morning with patterns like the Henry’s Lake Pheasant tail, Henry’s Lake Renegade, Lt. Olive Crystal, and Henry’s Lake scud. Concentrate on shallow water early and work your way to deeper water as the sun continues to rise.

The Sand Creek Ponds have been fishing well lately too. After a slow opener, things seem to have picked up a little bit. The best fishing has been early and late in the day with damsel and Callibaetis nymphs under an indicator. On certain days, the dry fly fishing on Callibaetis spinners has been very good. If you prefer to fish sinking lines, a slow sinking line and darker brown/olive mohair leeches have been producing well.

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Still Waters 7-19-14

Sand Creek Ponds opened to boating Wednesday. Results were mixed. Most reports we have talk of smaller fish coming from Pond #4. Water temps seem to be in the mid 60s in degrees F., so water temp is not yet an issue. could be the best days are ahead

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Still Waters 7-15-14

Thinking of visiting Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, or Twenty-Four Mile Reservoirs? You’d better hurry!  All are being drawn down for irrigation purposes during this hot,dry summer.  Fishing is slowing on each because of warming water. We have no good reports on fishing at Chesterfield Reservoir.  Daniels offers the best fishing of these, but likely will come to an end in a few weeks.  Some fish are taking adult damsel patterns on the surface at Daniels, and midge pupa patterns under an indicator can produce there.

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Still Waters 7-12-14

Water levels in most of our irrigation reservoirs to the southeast are dropping as irrigation draw-down goes on. This means warming water temps and therefore slower fishing (early mornings may be best). Daniels Reservoir seems least impacted by this action and offers the best fishing of all these. Same as in our last report: fish the outer edges of the mud line when winds make for wave action. Look for the best fishing to be at the top end of the reservoir. Use your favorite damselfly nymph pattern, try midge pupa patterns under an indicator, or a damselfly adult pattern if you see mating and egg-laying flies in action.  Both the Harriman Fish Pond and Springfield Reservoir are weeding up, but fishing the channels between weeds with such as dry damselfly or speckled dun patterns can be productive.

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Still Waters 7-8-14

With waters beginning to warm (around 67 deg. F at Daniels Reservoir), drop (Chesterfield, Hawkins, and 24-Mile Reservoirs) or moss up (Springfield, and Treasureton Reservoirs) fishing for warm water species might be an enjoyable alternative. Condie Reservoir offers good bass fishing. Twin Lakes offers bluegills, crappie, and bass action. Johnson and Lamont Reservoirs offer bluegill action.  If you want to continue trout fishing, Daniels offers your best bet. Stick to the upper end with a boat and present damselfly nymph patterns. If you see damselfly adults mating and laying eggs and rises, switch to your favorite adult  pattern. Also when wave action gets going walk the east side shore line and fish the outer edge of the mud slick with wooly bugger types.

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Still Water 7-1-14

Chesterfield Reservoir has been drawn down by about a third because of irrigation demands. This has warmed remaining water there and therefore hurt fishing some, even though damselflies are mating and laying eggs. Fishing at Daniels Reservoir is much better than at these two. Damsel adults are going great guns here. Midge pupa at the taking depth under an indicator work well, too.

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Still Waters 6-24-14

Some of our still waters are not at their peak of best fishing yet. This includes Chesterfield, Springfield, Twenty-Four Mile Reservoirs and the Harriman Fish Pond which are producing, but not at their best.  Things will pick up when damselflies are egg laying and mating making dry damselfly patterns just the ticket.   The road to Horseshoe Lake is open. FYI: the water level at Twenty-Four Mile is dropping, but not yet to the point where mud flats are a big problem.

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Still Waters 5-27-14

Reservoirs to the southeast are picking up with respect to fishing.  The upper end of Daniels Reservoir (near inlet and around dead trees) is producing for those trying midge pupa patterns under an indicator. Just find the taking depth. Damselfly and small leech patterns also work here. Try leech patterns in Hawkins Reservoir where fish are cruising just in front of the dam. Damselflies are starting to fly and mate at Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir.   Fish are in the shallows at Chesterfield Reservoir where midge pupa patterns under an indicator and leech patterns are producing.

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Stillwater 5/6/14

With the warmer weather we had last week, fishing has picked up on area lakes/reservoirs. Most, if not all lakes have turned over and water quality will continue to improve as the weather does. We have good reports from Blackfoot, Chesterfield, and Daniels this week. Daniels is still probably the most consistent, but Chesterfield and Blackfoot offer you a better shot at a big dog. Concentrate on the upper end of Daniels fishing with various chironomid pupa (summer duck pupa, black sally, chromie) and bloodworms (holo worm sz10) has been good.Fishing with a sinking line has been producing nice fish as well. I would be fishing a black CB, California Leech, or an Olive Mohair Leech.  Chesterfield seems to have woken up a little with a few reports of some real big fish showing up lately. The fish are most likely going to be scattered so cover some water until you find an active group of fish. Fishing an intermediate or type III Line (depending on how deep you are) would be a good bet. A black CB, Olive CB, or Black Mohair leech would be my first picks.  Blackfoot Reservoir has also been fishing really well lately. Blackfoot is usually not a great place if your into lots of fish, but there are some really nice fish in there if you put some time in. The key up there has been covering lots of water. Fishing with a full sinking line and trolling, or wind drifting has been most productive. The area around the dam has been most productive, but anywhere on the reservoir could be good.

It won’t be long now before we start seeing the first Callibaetis of the year, closely followed by the damsels. Stay tuned…

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