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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
It's summer time to be sure on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks.  No shortage of folks putting their mettle to the test with the wily fish out here.  PMDs rule the day  and are definitely becoming the consisten hatch activity that we are supposed to be seeing.  Fish are looking for those PMDs!  Bugs tend to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  Even before you see actual yellow bugs on the surface, the nymphs are active and the trout keyed on them.  Short leash nymphing with a Sawyer's PT and a PMD thread nymph or pick a midge pupa just to be different are great choices to start the day.  At the outset of the emergence, switching to short wing emergers, cdc emergers and the like are good.  You can get fish to eat the Comparadun right now, but it's not going to take too long for spring creek fish to wise up. Having No hackle and CDC patterns are really the way to go.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns.  Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  The hatch has been going long enough that there are daily spinner falls now as well. 

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Warmer temps and sunny skies!  It's good to be in Paradise Valley!  Excellent conditions are ahead of us for the next several days. And hopefully the winds will keep to the low side.  On the creeks, PMDs are beginning to rule the day with better and better hatch activity each day.  Fish are looking for those PMDs!  Bugs should start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  It's not creek wide yet so place and time will vary some.  So if you find some coming off wherever you are on the creeks, definitely switch your fare to PMD emergers or duns for as long as you can.  Otherwise, midges are going to be the mainstay right now.  Streamers?  You bet!  Small black or dark olive streamers placed in the juicy looking structure spots will see their share of good takes.  So, the whole story goes- be flexible, make it fun.

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


Swing by the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports, great bug selections, as well as anything else you may need to be successful out there.  Call anytime 406-333-4401

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Once again, there seems to be a pattern starting here!  Cool if not cold weather on tap for Paradise Valley again this weekend.  Earlier in the week we saw the 80s.  It may be a bit before we see anything like that again.  Still, there's a few PMDs mixed in there  but we're still a week away from the real consistent yellow bug action.   Fish are looking for those PMDs if the action starts at all during the day.  So if you find some coming off wherever you are on the creeks, definitely switch your fare to PMD emergers or duns for as long as you can.  Otherwise, midges are going to be the mainstay right now.  Streamers?  You bet!  Small black or dark olive streamers placed in the juicy looking structure spots will see their share of good takes.  So, the whole story goes- be flexible, make it fun.


Swing by the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports, great bug selections, as well as anything else you may need to be successful out there.  Call anytime 406-333-4401

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Continued cloudy and cool weather over the long weekend have what few remaining Baetis coming off.  There's a few PMDs mixed in there as well, but we're still a couple weeks away from the real consisten action.   Midges are going to be the mainstay right now and should be on the water as long as the wind stays down.  Remnant baetis hatchactivity todaywill be in early to mid afternoon.  If the sun breaks through, the baetis may tail off until the clouds roll in again.  Streamers?  You bet!  Small black or dark olive streamers placed in the juicy looking structure spots will see their share of good takes.  So, the whole story goes- be flexible, make it fun.

Be aware that there are still a few spawners in the creeks so pay attention to where and how you are wading. It's the Cutthroat time to spawn. Redds look like saucer shaped super clean gravel depressions in the shallow, fast moving waters.  It's likely that you will physically see a fish or two on or very near these spots.  These are late rainbows or cutties that are likely actively spawning.  Let's leave them alone and let them do their thing.  And wading through these areas can be detrimental to the success of the eggs hatching and becoming the next generation of wild MT trout.  If you think it might be a redd, stay off!  Go around and wade away from these locations.  There are plenty of other spots to fish on the spring creeks besides the big spawning beds....And thank you for your consideration.

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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Coming  off 4 days of sun, today's weather is for clouds and rain with considerably cooler air.  80 degrees it will not be.  What's that going to do for fishing the spring creeks?  Good question.  Guessing that things may actually be pretty good!  Until PMD time in a month or so, cloudy days on the cool side of things tend to be decent days  Midges are going to be the mainstay right now and should be on the water as long as the wind stays down.  It's getting late for spring baetis, but there may be a remnant hatch today with activity in early to mid afternoon. The blue wings are winding down to be sure- though fish will still get up on them given enough are hatching.  Caddis are present as well.  Although not like they are on the Yellowstone.  Still, fish will eat caddis pupa and emergers.  Good nymphing can be had most of the day.  Look for risers on midges in the AM hours.  Blue wing emergence is early to mid PM with the clouds.  If the sun breaks through, the baetis may tail off until the clouds roll in again.  Streamers?  You bet!  Small black or dark olive streamers placed in the juicy looking structure spots will see their share of good takes.  So, the whole story goes- be flexible, make it fun.

Be aware that there are still a few spawners in the creeks so pay attention to where and how you are wading. It's the Cutthroat time to spawn. Redds look like saucer shaped super clean gravel depressions in the shallow, fast moving waters.  It's likely that you will physically see a fish or two on or very near these spots.  These are late rainbows or cutties that are likely actively spawning .  Let's leave them alone and let them do their thing.  And wading through these areas can be detrimental to the success of the eggs hatching and becoming the next generation of wild MT trout.  If you think it might be a redd, stay off!  Go around and wade away from these locations.  There are plenty of other spots to fish on the spring creeks besides the big spawning beds....And thank you for your consideration.

Call the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Sounding a bit like a broken record as of late-  cloudy conditions with intermittent rain or even snow showers again today.  Great news for spring creeks anglers in our opinion.  Wind may be a bit more of a concern however.  We like the slick calm, but serious doubts about getting that.  Midges are there and going throughout the day.  Today should see OK baetis activity in early to mid afternoon and rolling through the early evening hours. The blue wings are winding down to be sure- though fish will still get up on them given enough are hatching.  Caddis are present as well.  Although not like they are on the Yellowstone.  Still, fish will eat caddis pupa and emergers.  Good nymphing can be had most of the day.  Look for risers on midges in the AM hours.  Blue wing emergence is early to mid PM with the clouds.  If the sun breaks through, the baetis may tail off until the clouds roll in again.  Streamers?  You bet!  Small black or dark olive streamers placed in the juicy looking structure spots will see their share of good takes.  So, the whole story goes- be flexible, make it fun.

Be aware that there are still quite a few spawners in the creeks so pay attention to where and how you are wading.  The rainbow redds look like saucer shaped super clean gravel depressions in the shallow, fast moving waters.  It's likely that you will physically see fish on or very near these spots.  These are rainbows that are likely actively spawning .  Let's leave them alone and let them do their thing.  And wading through these areas can be detrimental to the success of the eggs hatching and becoming the next generation of wild MT trout.  If you think it might be a redd, stay off!  Go around and wade away from these locations.  There are plenty of other spots to fish on the spring creeks besides the big spawning beds....And thank you for your consideration.

Call the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports