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Still Waters 8-27-13

With low, warm conditions most still waters are weeding up.   So look for channels in the weeds on where to concentrate your efforts.  If you see adult damsels lighting on the water for egg laying or breeding purposes (and rising fish), that’s a “no brainer” on what to use.  Just waiting for a fish to take a dry damsel adult pattern can be about as interesting as presenting a  mayfly dun pattern on a stream.  Right now Springfield Reservoir is a good candidate for trying this. Look for the channels through the weed beds. Get off to the side of one (never locate on top of a channel), and put that dry damsel on its surface.  We have dry damsel patterns here in the shop, the right tackle for presenting them, and ideas on fishing still waters this time of year. Stop by or get in touch for any of these!

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Still Waters 8-12-13

Here’s good news for those enjoying fishing Chesterfield Reservoir.  IDF&G has decided not to issue a salvage order for that reservoir.  The dam is closed, so water is beginning to accumulate in the reservoir.  With less than 15 feet of water at the dam, all we now need is a good snow winter to fill the reservoir and bring back the great fishing it for which it is famed.

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Still Water 7-27-13

Fishing success is holding up well at Daniels Reservoir.  Try the upper end and east shoreline with your favorite midge pupa pattern under an indicator.  Find the taking depth, and action will come. Be sure to have some of your favorite damselfly nymph patterns on hand.  Again, late and early are the best times to fish. We have a few good reports from folks trying Springfield Reservoir. Here fish cruise the channels between weed beds looking for food subsurface and on the surface.  Presenting a dry damselfly pattern on top of channels between weed beds is effective.  Use a strong (3X-4X) leader because hook fish can dive into the weed beds in an effort to escape.

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Still Waters 7-23-13

Best reservoir fishing to the southeast is in Daniels Reservoir. Although a bit low in water, it offers good fishing for those presenting midge pupa and damselfly nymph patterns under an indicator.  Fish early, fish late applies.  Springfield Reservoir has weeded up, but try placing your favorite adult damselfly pattern on the surface over channels through the weed beds. You may have to stay focused the same as when fishing a pattern under an indicator, but waiting for something to take on the surface is more interesting.  Want to try a different still water location? Consider Paul Reservoir off the Humphrey Exit  from I-15 just below Monida Pass. A fifteen inch cutt will be a braggin’ fish, so select your equipment accordingly. You can fish from shore or easily launch a float tube or pontoon boat. No motors are allowed, and very few folks other than natives know of this place.

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Stillwater/Henry’s Lake 7-19-13

The fishing on area stillwaters is tough right now. Like has been mentioned in previous posts, the surface temperatures on the lakes to the south is over 70 degrees and has been for some time. Landing fish in this warm temperature can really stress fish out so make sure you revive the fish completely before releasing. If possible, head out to deeper water or a weed free area to release your fish. Damsels, Chironomids, and Callibaetis patterns are still your best bets for getting into fish.

The Sand Creek Ponds opened up this past week are fishing well. Dry Damsels and Callibaetis have been taking fish along with the nymphs of both species. Unfortunately, the water temperature is warmer then we were hoping for this early in the summer. Make sure you are reviving your fish completely before releasing them.

Henry’s Lake is one lake in this area with water temperatures under 70 degrees. Targhee and Duck creek have been fishing very well. Both areas can be crowded, especially Targhee Creek so make sure you get out there early to stake out a spot. The Peacock AH, Henry’s Lake Scud, and the Henry’s Lake Pheasant Tail would be great patterns to have on you. Fish shallow early and as the day progresses gradually move out to deeper water.

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Stillwater 7-13-13

The summer doldrums have hit our favorite lakes to the south. Surface temperatures are now over 70 degrees on most, if not all, of the lakes down south. Hooking, landing, and releasing fish in water over 70 degrees is very tough on fish. If you do decide to fish, make sure you take the extra time to revive the fish and land them as quickly as possible on the heaviest line possible. Fish are going to be cruising weedbeds and hanging out in deeper water this time of year. Damsel nymphs and Chironomids would be your best bets right now.

To the North, the Sand Creek Ponds open up to float tubes and motor-less boats this coming week. Fishing should be excellent on adult Damsel flies and Callibaetis. I had great success on the shops parachute foam damsel size #12 last year up at the ponds. If the fish aren’t on the surface feeding or the wind is blowing, fish a damsel nymph like our Olive and Lt. Olive Mrabou Damsel nymph size #12 under an adult damsel or indicator. There are always some very nice fish caught up there in the first couple weeks so if you missed the dry fly fishing down south on the lakes this year, the Sand Creek Ponds are your best bet.

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Still Waters 7-6-13

“Fish Early, Fish Late”  really applies to the reservoirs these days.  With so many being drawn down to meet irrigation demands water has warmed to a point that fish are active at times of most overhead cover (twilight) and when there is any cooling. Concentrate your efforts around weed beds, submerged springs, and inlets. Your favorite damselfly nymphs and midge pupa patterns work best, as usual, but think of trying dry damsel patterns, but when you do remember: “Fish Early, Fish Late.”  Consider that speckled duns are becoming numerous to attract feeding. If you do not see rises to these, go to nymph patterns. Most consistent locations right now, you ask? Twenty-Four Mile and Daniels reservoirs seem most consistent in the lower valley.  One of the better locations in the upper valley would be Aldous Lake if you do not mind walking  a float tube for a bit more than a mile. Cutts there will be taking damselflies on the surface and very soon the same for speckled duns. If you prefer a drive-to location try Horseshoe Lake off the Cave Falls Road, but remember that a braggin’ fish there is a 15-inch rainbow or a 12-inch grayling.  Want big water? try Island Park Reservoir, but head for Trude Springs with your bloodworm patterns.  Come into the shop, and talk with us for more details.

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Still Waters 7-2-13

Perhaps the best fishing on the irrigation reservoirs can be experienced on Daniels and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs. Presenting damselfly life cycle patterns seems to work best on these. Try placing a damselfly nymph under an indicator and let it drift. The trick here is to stay focused on that indicator.  Try the same with a midge pupa pattern.  Some of the smaller still waters around the upper valley should be considered candidates for a visit. Good damselfly emergences take place on Paul Reservoir, Aldous Lake, the Harriman Fish Pond, and Horseshoe Lake.  Aldous Lake requires a mile walk while packing a float tube or such, but you can drive easily to the other three. Sand Creek Ponds open for boat fishing  July 16th, but we have reports of some good results from shore line fishing thanks to damselfly activity.

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Stillwater 6/28/13

Damsels continue to dominate the stillwater scene right now and with the warmer temps ahead, the real good fishing might only last a couple more weeks. Dry dropper setups, damsels under indicators, and damsels fished with slow sinking lines are still fishing well, I have done the best with the dark olive bead head damsel in a size 10 we have in the shop. All area lakes are experiencing damsel hatches right now and should all be fishing well with the techniques mentioned above.

There have been some really nice fish caught this spring on area reservoirs so if you haven’t had a piece of the action you need to get out.  Call us in the shop for fresh reports on area lakes.

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Still Waters 6-25-13

Even with low water Chesterfield Reservoir offers good fishing when damselfly nymph patterns are presented. Look for submerged weed  beds and other vegetation for best areas to try.  Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir has better water conditions and more consistent fishing. Water is sure to get lower and warmer later this summer, so your chances for best fishing here are now.  Want to try an “off the beaten path” still water locations? Take a look at our Articles page for some candidates.

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