Fishing Reports

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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 8/20/14
Hatch activity has been limited on the Paradise Valley spring creeks and covering lots of water with good casts and consistent drifts with exacting terrestrial imitations has been the most productive method. Spring creek type ants, beetles, and hoppers will bring fish up but not every fish is looking for one so giving yourself as many chances as possible is a necesity. Sight nymphing with smaller mayfly emergers can work to fool the fish sporadically rising, and patience with these fish will be key. Cooler weather and good cloud cover will mean some emergences in the upcoming days so early starts may be rewarded with good fishing. Consider stripping small streamers through faster water and deeper pockets if fishing is tough because the bigger fish usually won't pass up on an easy meal.

Recommended Flies:
Kingfisher Cripple sz 18-22
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-20
Thor sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun sz 18-20
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Sawyer PT Nymoh sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18
Zonker sz 8-12

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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 94 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 8/12/14
Bring an assortment of bugs, ready your patience, and hone your drift because you will need all three to be succesful. Sulphur activty is fair and can make for some good windows of fishing, residual PMD activty cannot be overlooked, but searching with terrestrials is going to be your best bet over the course of a day. Small ants, beetles, and hoppers will bring fish up but covering lots of water with good drifts is key to this strategy. Not every fish will be looking to eat a terrestrial but there are those that will and those are the ones you're looking for. Forget the lone sporadic riser and instead cover good holding water quickly-- don't burn an hour on one pocket. The sawyer pheasant tail nymph hatch is also pretty good. Fine tippets, good casts, and silent approaches are always more important than the fly.

Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-20
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-20
Thor sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun sz 18-20
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Sawyer PT Nymoh sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18

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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 7/30/14
Clear skies and bright sun have made for some tougher days on the spring creeks, but mornings with clouds have still had very active hatches. The Sulphur Mayflies have shown up in good numbers, so prepare your eyes for following small yellow flies throughout the day. The PMDs are almost gone with only the occasional spinner fall early and late. Terrestrials have started to show up throughout the valley and Harrop ants and beetles can fool even the wariest of fish during the heat of the day. Nymphing remains good as always, foam pinch on indicators with micro-may type patterns are your best bet. the Sawyer pheasant tail hatch is still good to fish. Tread soft, make your first cast count, and catch some fish!

Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-20
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-20
Thor sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun sz 18-20
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Sawyer PT Nymoh sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18

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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 7/25/14
The blanket PMD hatches have come to a close, but expect fish to still rise to PMD cripples, emergers, and spinners through the end of the week if you see some flying around. Sulphurs have turned up in good numbers and fish are starting to be caught on lightly-dressed terrestrial patterns. Rene Harrop's line of spring creeky terrestrials work very well. On the calmer hot days with slower bug activty consider nymphing as the subsurface bug activity has been good with mayflies, sowbugs, caddis, and midges making of the majority of the action. The creek conditions change daily with weather and time of day so give us a call at the shop if you need any advice!

Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-20
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-20
Thor sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun sz 18-20
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18

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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 16th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 7/16/14
The PMD hatches have begun to taper off but early morning spinner falls and late afternoon emergences have kept fish looking up. Sulphur mayflies are quickly showing up and have made for the most exictement the past few days and will continue to for the upcoming week. This is a small fly, usually 20 or 22, so bring the floatant and your glasses! Sporadic but present caddis and midge activy have kept the fishing eating in between the bigger hatches but not the main attraction. Despite being booked solid, cancellations happen frequently so give us a call at the shop at 406-333-4401 to check on booking.
Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-20
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-20
Thor sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun sz 18-20
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18

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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 7/9/14
The PMD fishing remains outstanding with fish fully keyed in on the little yellow bugs. Rod availability is limited but cancellations do happen. If you have rods reserved look forward to all day dry fly action with early and late spinner falls and daily emergences lasting from early morning through late afternoon. Don't forget your 5x and 6x tippets and your favorite emerger and cripple patterns.

Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-18
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18

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