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Still Waters 10-25-14

Currently Daniels Reservoir provides some of our best still water fishing. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator and presented two to ten feet in depth are producing. A scud bloom is ongoing, and fish seem most interested in them. So pack you favorite patterns to be presented on an intermediate line. Weeds are beginning to break up in Springfield Reservoir making fishing below the surface (mostly a midge pupa below an indicator, small nymph or leech patterns) a lot easier.

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Still Waters 10-18-14

Daniels Reservoir currently offers the best fishing on our irrigation reservoirs.  A terrific scud bloom is ongoing there.Take advantage of it by using your favorite scud pattern on an intermediate line. Also try suspending that pattern under an indicator and giving an occasional small twitch.  Trying these techniques near submerged vegetation brings best results.  Midge pupa patterns presented two to ten feet under an indicator are also producing, but trout seem most interested in the plentiful scuds.  Weeds are beginning to break up on Springfield Reservoir making for easier wet fly fishing.  Midge pupa patterns under an indicator, small prince nymphs, and leech patterns in black or olive are producing there.

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Still Waters 9-6-14

We fished Sand Creek Pond #4 yesterday, and there is some good news to spread around. Water temps near the surface are in the mid fifties in deg. F.  The caretaker hired by IDF&G relates that the ponds are filling.  Around 2 PM the speckled dun emergence was thick enough to land individuals on our boats, decorate our hats, but most important to bring fish, large and small, to the surface. We also saw a few BWOs and egg laying caddis. Soft hackled patterns twitched slowly a bit under the surface worked just fine. So did floating speckled dun patterns.

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Still Waters 8-30-14

Unfortunately we post the following notice from the Southeast Region Office of IDF&G. That notice is that boats cannot be launched at the Chesterfield Reservoir launch site because of low water.  Water in the reservoir is low to the point that this site is far enough from the water level that attempts to launch will become mired in mud deep enough to bog trailers and vehicles.  On a positive note, boats can be launched onto Daniels Reservoir where water temperatures have cooled to the point that fishing is good with midge pupa patterns under an indicator, small leech patterns, and speckled dun life cycle patterns.  The same applies to Springfield Reservoir.

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Still Waters 8-23-14

The cool, wet weather we currently have is just what is needed to bring still water fishing back to good times. Water levels are down in most reservoirs, so shallow water benefits the most.  Midge pupa patterns under an indicator are working well, for example, on deeper parts of Daniels Reservoir. Deep is where the coolest water is, anyway. Another tip: if damselflies are in the air, that means they are still emerging, so  be sure to have nymph and adult patterns in that fly box. Such has been the case with Springfield Reservoir where fishing wet or dry damselfly and speckled dun patterns in the channels around weed beds and around submerged springs has been productive this summer.

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Still Waters 8-9-14

Not much change in the last week with those low, warm water conditions. This applies to Chesterfield, Daniels, Treasureton, Sand Creek, and Twenty-Four Mile and even Island Park Reservoirs. Your best bet for action is for gulpers on Hebgen Lake.  Or if you do not mind thick weeds, try the channels between them on Springfield Reservoir. Best bet is with dry damsel, speckled dun patterns or  your favorite midge pupa pattern under an indicator.

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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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