South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Still Water

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 36)

Still Water 9/8

Daniels and Twenty-four Mile reservoirs currently offer the best still water fishing in our part of Idaho now. Your favorite leech pattern on an intermediate line should produce on either. So will midge pupa patterns fished at the taking depth. Chesterfield Res. will pick up as cooler weather helps disperse its algae growth. If you plan to visit Island Park Reservoir, the Trude Springs area is the place to be, and blood worms are the taking fly. All you must do is find the taking depth.


Still Water 9/5

The algae bloom on Chesterfield Res. has slowed action there. Wait until frosty nights break up this bloom before going there. Meanwhile, fishing on 24-Mile Res. has really improved for those using damselfly nymphs, halloweens and green apple leeches. Daniels Res. remains good with the same flies as recommended on 24-mile Res. producing. Try green scud patterns in the open water in Springfield Res. And remember that midge pupa patterns will work on all still waters when you find the depth at which fish are cruising for them.


Still Water 9/2

Daniels Reservoir remains the best of these. The upper end around the trees and the west side bay are best locations for action. Use your favorite leech pattern or midge life cycle patterns. Springfield Res. is weedy and Chesterfield Res. has an algae bloom that covers its surface, but both have some action for those fishing leeches and halloweens on intermediate lines.


Still Water 8/26

Flow out of Chesterfield has been stopped making for a good chance for holdover water. Currently fishing here has been slowed because of algae growth. Daniels is providing excellent still water fishing with leech patterns on intermediate lines and midge life cycle patterns. Some gulpers remain, so speckled dun emergers (hare’s ear nymphs) just below the surface still produce. Same applies to some gulpers left working on Springfield Reservoir.


Still Water 8/22

Daniels and Twenty-four mile reservoirs are holding up well with respect to fishing success. Try speckled duns on the surface for any gulpers. Try green apple leeches and halloweens on intermediate lines to get into fish at depths. Trail these with a speckled dun emerger, such as a bead head hares ear. An algae bloom has made Chesterfield look like pea soup, and fishing there has slacked a bit. Springfield has good days and bad days.


Still Water 8/18

With surface waters warming, dry fly action has slowed a bit. Go to medium depths where cooler water is more hospitable for trout. An intermediate or slow sinking line will help you get there. Use small leech and nymph patterns.


Still Water 8/11

Surface action is slowing on some waters where damselfly adults are diminishing. Speckled duns are holding up, but waters are warming which adds to slower surface action. An exception is to fish hoppers around grassy banks such as along the highway on Springfield Reservoir. So nymphing at intermediate depths will soon be the way to find fish. Midging will always work on all our stillwaters. In particular Island Park Resevoir is down to about 75% of capacity. This means fishing will be best around such as Trude Springs. Blood worm patterns usually produce well there