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Stillwater 5/2/14

It hasn’t been a great spring so far if you like to fish stillwaters. We have been blasted with wind so much over the past few weeks it almost feels like somethings wrong if its nice outside! With all the wind, area reservoirs have been churned up more then normal causing the fishing to be a little slower then we would like. The weather looks like its slowly improving, so things should really start picking up in the next week.

Chesterfield- Fishing has been a little slow so far on Chesterfield and this has to do mainly with the wind. Fishing deeper water 12+ft has been best so far with darker leech patterns (Black CB, black mohair leech, Dk. Olive Angora Leech, Brown CB, have been best) and darker chironomid pupa (black bungie buzzer, black sally, summer duck pupa). Fishing should really pick up in the next week or two.

Daniels- Daniels has been the best, most consistent fishing so far this spring. Fishing the upper end with various chironomid pupa (see Chesterfield selection) and bloodworms (holo worm sz10) has been good. For those who prefer sinking lines, fishing with darker leeches and scuds on a type II or III line have been producing as well.

Other Waters- We have not heard much this year from places like Springfield, Hawkins, American Falls, Etc…. Look for all those reservoirs to start really fishing well as the weather continues to improve. We will be sure and update this report as conditions change.

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Stillwaters 4-10-14

To our knowledge, all of the reservoirs south of Idaho Falls are ice free and fish-able. The ice seemed to leave most reservoirs early this year so this should be a great year to get more early season fishing in. We don’t have a lot of reports coming in from the various reservoirs yet, but that should change quickly. We will continue to post updates as things change/improve so check back often.

Chesterfield, Daniels, Springfield Reservoirs– with rising water levels and all the wind lately, water clarity seems to vary at these reservoirs day to day. They are all fishing okay, but it may be best to focus on methods that will let you cover a lot of water. Wind-drifting with a full sinking line is a great way to cover water and find fish this time of year! Concentrate on darker leech patterns like a black/olive crystal bugger in a size 8, purple showgirl size 6, and a black or dark olive mohair leech in size 6. Concentrate on the west end of reservoirs which will be warmer than the east side and try fishing a few different depths until you find fish. Fish are scattered this time of year so covering water is the key to success. The one exception here would be Springfield where its probably still a better bet to concentrate on fishing under an indicator with midge larvae patterns (holo worm size #10, Summer Duck pupa size #12,14 and a black sally in size #12,14 would be my first choices). Larvae patterns and pupa will also fish well on Chesterfield and Daniels if you are on some fish. Things are sure to pick up as the weather continues to warm and stabilize. This can be a very hit or miss time of year but its still better than the ice fishing going on at area reservoirs the past few months!

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Still Waters 3-25-14

Ice is pretty much gone from Chesterfield Reservoir, and countryside is free of snow.  Not much information is currently available on how it is fishing, but early season techniques are the best bet.  That means leech and bugger patterns and anything resembling a dragonfly nymph.  Your favorite midge pupa pattern under an indicator is always an option.  Hawkins Reservoir is also a location to consider. Same thing; try early season techniques.  Daniels Reservoir is ice free, but getting there from Hawkins Reservoir (Dairy Creek Road) is not certain, but going north out of Malad City works.

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Still Waters 3/15/14

Springfield Reservoir is fishing quite well these days. Try a very slow troll for best results presenting your favorite leech pattern. Also midge hatches during early AM and evening bring fish into a feeding mode. Springfield is currently one of our few ice-free reservoirs, so expect a certain amount of boating company.

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Still Water 11-5-13

Springfield Reservoir has been stocked with the usual amount of catchable rainbows.  After equilibrating to their new conditions these fish, ranging from 16″-19″, are gullible for a while and during that time can be caught on many fly types. We have heard of success on midge pupa patterns under indicators, slow trolled Randy Randolph BLMs size #14, small wooly buggers, and damselfly nymph patterns.

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Stillwater 10-22-13

Now is the time to get out and enjoy our local lakes and reservoirs before most of the m freeze up for the winter. We have had good reports from Henry’s Lake, Island Park, Daniels, Springfield, and some okay reports from Chesterfield. Of all the lakes Daniels and Springfield are providing the most action. Springfield has been stocked with its annual fall batch of fish and people are having success fishing with dark leech patterns on full sinking lines or small chironomids under indicators. Daniels has been fishing very well with chrionomid pupa under indicators in water from 5-12ft deep. Most of the fish at both locations are under 20″ but a fair number of larger fish have been taken out of both recently. Henry’s Lake continues to produce when the weather is nice enough to fish (like this week!). People have been having better success in deeper water 8-12 as opposed to the shallow water traditionally fished this time of year. Fly choice doesn’t seem to be terribly important but experiment with different sizes and colors of leech/scud patterns until you find what is working best. In the deeper water you need to fish a full sinking line to get you down where the fish are. Of all the area reservoirs, Chesterfield seems to be fishing a little slower then the others. The water is slightly discolored, but fishable. There aren’t a lot of fish being caught, but the fish being caught have been nice.

The big freeze is coming but until it does, area stillwaters will continue to fish good. Contact us at the shop with any questions you might have and we can get you squared away!

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Still Waters 10-8-13

Daniels Reservoir remains the “star of the show” here.  If you do not enjoy presenting midge pupa at the taking depth under an indicator, try your favorite small leech pattern or anything that looks like a damselfly nymph.  The upper end and the east shoreline are good locations to begin fishing.

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Still Waters 9-17-13

Here’s a bit more information on southeast Idaho irrigation reservoirs. For the last three weeks Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile have been filling but remain low enough to discourage most fishing. Daniels Reservoir offers the best fishing of these because of a minimum conservation pool guaranteed by agreement between water users and IDF&G.  Try midge pupa deep under an indicator or anything that looks like a damselfly nymph also under an indicator. As water levels drop in Island Park Reservoir trout not leaving for the river above are heading towards west end springs . Concentrate your efforts over these, and be sure to try bloodworm patterns under an indicator.

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Stillwater 9/16/13

Area Stillwaters are finally starting to show some signs of life after a long, hot summer. With overnight lows dropping into the 40 degree range and colder, things are really going to start picking up. Daniels, Springfield, Sand Creek, and Henry’s Lake have been fishing better as of late. Daniels has been fishing well in deeper water under indicators with chironomids. Sand Creek and Springfield are fishing well under indicators with Chironomids and stripping leeches like the California Leech. Henry’s Lake has been fishing well out in front of the State park in fairly shallow water. Get out there as early as possible and fish a slow sinking line like the camolux from Rio. I would start with a larger, darker leech and then progress to smaller patterns as the sun gets higher in the sky. The weather looks like it is going to significantly cool of Tuesday/Wednesday so get out there and enjoy the best weather and fishing of the year on area stillwaters!

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Still Waters 9-7-13

With respect to irrigation reservoirs, Daniels and Springfield Reservoirs remain the best locations to try.  For Springfield, which has big moss beds, try a dry damselfly pattern on top of a channel through the weed beds. For Daniels any damselfly nymph pattern trailed by a small bead head pattern or a midge pupa patten under an indicator are the best bets. Chesterfield Reservoir hosts a huge algae bloom that indicates warm water. Mud flats make for tough access on Twenty-four Mile Reservoir. These conditions make for fewer folks fishing on each, so we have little information to pass on.

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