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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
PMDs are the mainstay coming off everyday with good to great consistency. Though there has been consistent pressure on the fish as they are one of the only options around, the amount of bugs hatching has kept the trout feeding and our anglers bent. The spring creeks continue to be a very solid option while the Yellowstone keeps coming into shape.  Getting reservations on the creeks is not the easiest right now however as most rods are already reserved.  Call to check, cancellations have been happening...

Sight nymphing to the staging fish until the hatch really cranks up- sometime around 10AM with a bubbleback, splitback, sawyer, or thread nymph imitation has been a great way to start the morning. Once the bugs do start, the fish have been fedding well.  They are not pushovers though. Persistence and vey good presentations and 7X are required! If you see the occasional rise from a bank eater and don't see any mayflies, run an ant or beetle over him and get ready.

The creeks and our guides have been getting booked solid as of late so calling the shop to see what's available is in your best interest if you want to get a day on the water. 333.4401
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The creeks continue to be a fantastic option while the Yellowstone keeps coming into shape. Though there has been consistent pressure on the fish as they are one of the only options around, the amount of bugs hatching has kept the trout feeding and our anglers bent. PMDs are still coming off everyday in mass. Arriving early and fishing a bubbleback, splitback, sawyer, or thread nymph imitation has been a great way to start the morning. Sight nymphing to the staging fish the name of the game until the hatch really cranks up- sometime around 10AM. Once the bugs do start the fish have been chowing. If you see the occasional rise from a bank eater and don't see any mayflies, run an ant or beetle over him and get ready.

The creeks have been getting booked solid as of late so calling the shop to see what's available is in your best interest if you want to get a day on the water. 333.4401
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 20th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 69 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Depuys had good PMD action and many reports of rising fish. Armstrong's is reporting an OK hatch and fish rising when it isn't windy. Nelson's has similar report - rising to PMD's - mainly during calmer skies. The big fish are in there - reports of 20" risers.  Best bet is to go with PMD dry on 5x tippet and an emerger on 6x trailing. 
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 19th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley spring creeks are a good choice right now for those looking to get out on the water and not be looking at high and off color rivers.  Creeks are just starting to see a few PMDs when we get a day of moderate to good sunshine (yeah, I know, those have been numbered like the fingers on my hand).  Hatches should start to become a little more regular and intensify in the coming weeks.   There are rods available right now but by early July, you may be out of luck!  Best call well ahead of time.    We've been having good results with a "short leash" spring creek nymph rig throughout the day.  If we see a consistent riser, first identifying what we think they're eating and then getting a good presentation on the first couple of casts.  Be prepared to move around a fair bit on the creeks until you find the fish. 
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 6th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Wow!  Finally some summer like weather around here!  Upper 70s, sun, very very nice.  Making for some tough conditions on the spring creeks however.  Got to find those fish in the creeks in the deep pools and be patient on your nymphing game....
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 30th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Memorial Day.  Typical for Montana!  It's been snowing up in the mountains.  Parts of Yellowstone Park got as much as 2 feet!  Raining and pretty snotty down here in the valley.  Another one of those days that if you are out, having a fire in the woodstove makes for a bit more comfortable afternoon.  As it has been seemingly all spring, look for baetis to be present and at times intense in the late afternoon.