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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 14)

South Fork 6-18-19

Palisades Reservoir is at 85% of capacity.   With plenty of snow remaining in the mountains above, full capacity is not far away.  How this impacts flows in the river will be set by the Bureau of Reclamation, but we will report here on what happens.

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Yellowstone Park 6-18-19

The Yellowstone River opened to fishing last Saturday (June 15th). The river is running high & clear, so woolly bugger types and streamer patterns are likely to bring best results. Firehole River continues to offer the best stream fishing in the park with BWO, caddis (including white millers) patterns offering best chances for action. A few PMDs are showing up there.  Duck Creek is in fishing shape with streamers being effective.   Be aware that mosquitoes are showing up big time with all the park’s standing water, so have that DEET handy.

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Henry’s Fork 6-15-19

Harriman State Park opens today and you can bet that the river within is well populated with fish, fly-fishers, and flying insects (PMDs, increasing green drakes, wind-blown stoneflies, & caddis). A less human-crowded alternative is the lower river where green drakes, PMDs, golden stones, caddis and  left-over giant stoneflies are providing good fishing.

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Yellowstone Park 6-15-19

Most rivers are running high and discolored. The Firehole River is an exception where white miller and soft hackle patterns produce best. The Gibbon River in the canyon offers good fishing when traditional wet and dry attractor patterns are presented.   The Madison River also offers some success through presenting caddis life cycle, BWO life cycle, and streamer patterns.   Trout Lake opens for fishing today and offers a chance for big cutthroat and cuttbows. Packing in a flotation device is not needed for success here because much of the shoreline is open. Yellowstone Lake is offering good fishing near shorelines for lake trout (kill ’em) and some cruising cutthroat when streamer and woolly bugger types are presented.  The same goes for Lewis Lake. You will walk through snow patches  on going into Shoshone Lake. But by packing in a flotation device your reward will be great fishing through presenting leech and streamer patterns around submerged weed beds. The Ashton-Flagg Road will take several days to be passable, so access to Beula Lake and high and discolored Fall River and Mountain Ash Creek is several days away. Bechler Meadows remains submerged with icy cold run-off water.

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South Fork 6-15-19

Over the past few days the flow out of Palisades Dam has been raised to current 13700 cfs   (14200 cfs at Heise, 6900 cfs at Lorenzo) which is almost normal flow for this date.  Palisades Reservoir is at 85% of capacity, and a ton of snow remains in the mountains above it. So expect more flow increases to come.  Meanwhile, stay with the fly pattern strategy we have suggested in recent fishing reports.

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Still Waters 6-11-19

Add the Harriman Fish Pond to list of still water fisheries worth visiting.  It has been stocked with 10-12″ rainbows, but some large holdovers are present. No speckled dun or damsel fly emergences yet, but midge activity ongoing.  Try snail and leech patterns.

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Yellowstone Park 6-11-19

Firehole River still offers best fishing with BWO, PMD, and caddis life cycle patterns effective, especially soft hackle patterns. Look for increasing white miller activity.  Lower Gibbon River (canyon stretch) good fishing with streamers.   Lewis River high and clear. Try streamers in meadow stretch off South Entrance Highway crossing below Lewis Falls.  Almost all other streams high and discolored.   Ice is off Shoshone and Lewis Lakes. Trails into Shoshone Lake have large areas of snow.

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Henry’s Fork 6-11-19

The  Highway 20 road construction on Ashton Hill replaces about four miles of damaged pavement. Travel is down to one lane and flaggers hold back traffic with delays up to twenty minutes depending on flow. This situation could extend through the summer. Consider at least during morning taking the Mesa Falls Scenic Highway to avoid delays and get to fishing destinations (including Yellowstone Park, Henry’s Lake, and Montana waters) on time.  On doing so you will see wind-blown stone flies along the Mesa Falls Scenic Highway for a while. It’s a tip that fish are likely full of them in the Cardiac Canyon stretch.  So come back there in about a week or so when fish will be looking for them again.  Meanwhile, they are in Box Canyon and likely around at Coffee Pot. Up and down the river fish also key on AM & PM caddis activity.  Green drakes will be arriving soon.  Adult stone fly patterns, giant and golden, remain effective during the first days of fish responding to green drake activity whether on the upper or lower river.

Lost Net

I lost a Snake River Net Company Owyhee net below the Ashton dam. I am checking with local shops to see if anyone has seen/picked in up. My name, Colby Burr,  is etched on it.  Please contact me if you find it: [email protected]

 

The Ora Bridge project requires additional blasting that puts the parking lot in range of debris. On Tuesday, June 11th there will be a parking lot closure at Ora from 2-4 pm. No new vehicles will be permitted into the site from 2-4 pm. HFF staff will be on hand that morning to answer questions. There will be limited parking near the boat ramp for those who cannot complete a shuttle prior to blasting or who are wading in at Ora.

All anglers wading in or floating the river right next the bridge will also need to exit the river or float downstream prior to blasting.

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South Fork 6-11-19

Flow out of Palisades Dam was raised to 11700 cfs yesterday ( now 12500 cfs at Heise, 4950 cfs at Lorenzo). This brings flow in the river to near normal for this time of the season.  Use same strategy as we suggested in last report: streamer patterns or rubber legs with San Juan worm or small bead head dropper.  You will see A LOT fewer anglers on the river compared to the crowds on the Henry’s Fork.

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Still Waters 6-8-19

Chesterfield, Hawkins, and Daniels Reservoirs currently seem to offer the best fishing. Midge pupa under an indicator when finding the taking depth, slowly trolled leech patterns, and damselfly nymph patterns presented near sunken vegetation seem to be best methods to give action. Be careful of windy conditions especially on all of our larger still waters.

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