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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 94)

Yellowstone Park 8-21-12

Trico emergences are making for good early in the day fishing on the Madison River and on Fall River Basin streams. It all ends before noon. After that, switch to terrestrial patterns and hope for a cumulus build-up.  The Gallatin River along Highway 191 is fishing very well  if you can find a spot in a pull-out. Early AM trico activity is good.  Afterwards a switch to terrestrial and traditional attractor patterns works.  Later in the day, switch over to dry caddis patterns. The same will work on nearby Grayling Creek, and fewer  folks will be fishing there.

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Still Waters 8-21-12

Some of the best still water fishing in the area is in the Trude Bay-Grizzly Springs area of Island Park Reservoir.  Bloodworm patterns under indicators work when the taking depth is found.  Springfield Reservoir is also offering some good fishing. For a change of pace there, try offering dry damselfly patterns. They seem to work well, even when the wind kicks up.

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Henry’s Fork 8-21-12

We have not heard of a resolution to repairing the leaking coffer dam above the Ashton Dam. When such a resolution appears, we will post it here.  Not much change to fishing action on the river has happened since our last report.  An increase in day to day thundershower activity sure would help.

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South Fork 8-21-12

Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped to 11,000 cfs last night. Let’s see what impact is on fishing, especially in riffles.  Several dead or troubled whitefish have been spotted in the river below Byington.  Reason for this situation is presently unknown.  But IDF&G requests if you encounter whitefish in trouble on the river, but still alive, retrieve them if possible.  Pack them on ice (Don’t freeze ’em!) and  take to the IDF&G office on Commerce Drive.   IDF&G is conducting analyses on collected whitefish in attempts to solve this situation.

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Big Lost River 8-18-12

Flow out of Mackay Dam is about 350 cfs making for good wading conditions in the river below.  Tricos are out in good numbers there.  With terrestrial insects abundant and fish taking them and a good late afternoon caddis emergence a trip to fish below the dam is worth considering.

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South Fork 8-18-12

Flow out of Palisades Dam stays around 124400-12500 cfs making for consistent conditions  including water temp. , currently about 64  deg. F.  That means fishing conditions have not changed much since our last report.  So for the time being continue to pitch chernobyl types, hopper patterns, and super renegades toward banks for good results. Expect spotty riffle fishing until flow out of Palisades Dam drops significantly.

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Yellowstone Park 8-18-12

Tricos are beginning to show in good numbers on many waters making for early AM action.  But presenting terrestrial patterns during daytime remains the best way to get action.  Days with cumulus build-up will offer best  chances.  So will fishing around overhead cover and near well vegetated banks.

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Small Streams 8-18-12

Big Elk Creek is now well worth a visit. Fish take terrestrial patterns around early afternoon. Many “go to sleep” until flavs emerge in late afternoon when water temps get to around mid 50s in degrees F.  Then all become active to make for great top water fishing.  Last Wednesday  kokanee were about a mile up the creek. Now they are much further.  They don’t bother the cutts from feeding, but they do bring  all kinds of anglers.  If you witness kokanee snaggers, make an identity effort (vehicle registration works) then contact IDG&F.  IDF&G  has plainclothes officers patrolling the creek, but they can use help in stopping this illegal activity.

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Henry’s Lake 8-18-12

We traveled by Henry’s Lake yesterday, and sure enough we could see boats stacked up in front of  Hope and Duck creeks. Off in the distance we thought we could see boats in front of Targhee Creek.  So that pretty much tells the story of where to fish the lake (try small prince nymphs, mity mites, small crystal buggers.) In front of the cliffs, you ask?  Only one boat was there when we went by.

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Henry’s Fork 8-18-12

Keep watching the Henry’s Fork Foundation web site for developments and discussions on coffer dam situation at the Ashton Dam.  As Everet mention in his 8/16 “Today at Jimmy’s” report, we have Mike Lawson’s new book ” Fly-Fishing Guide to the Henry’s Fork” in stock.  This book has all of Mike’s angling knowledge on each part of this great river.  No one knows the river in its entirety as well as Mike.   This book proves it and sharing it demonstrates Mike’s generosity.  Mike offers that for several reasons August is his favorite month to fish the Harriman State Park reach of the Henry’s Fork.  That is right now, and the best source for strategy to do so is in his new book.   Come in and pick up a copy now, or get in touch to have us put one aside for your next visit.

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