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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Hot and sunny!  Bodes for a bit of a tougher time on the creeks.  Though things have been pretty good here.  Believe it or not, there's still a few PMDs that are managing to show.  Trout are relatively indifferent and good luck getting one to eat a dun.  It's been a game to watch some of these nice fish looking, watching, following, and lastly refusing perfectly live, real PMD duns!  Think they've been caught a few times??  This is the time of the season when the spring creeks can truly seperate the men from the boys!  So, what's the goods then?  What will the trout likely eat?  Midges for one.  Sulphers for another.  Terrestrials too.  Especially small very well presented ants and beetles.  First cast or else....  Good luck!
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Well if one thing is consistent in Paradise Valley it's the wind and the spring creeks! with the sun making a strong come back this week the hatches are a bit lighter but the fish enjoy the cooler water temps and plentiful insect life both above and below the surface!
PMD's are still about in fair numbers to interest the fish. As well as Sulpher's, midges and black caddis to round up the aquatic insects.
Terrestrials are plentiful on the trees (...and on the hedge's,Crawlin,crawlin, crawlin, from the wreckage!" oop's Squirrel! - First person to guess from which song these lyrics came wins a free AW Hat!) and can bring a good number of rises midday.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creeks- Getting a bit tricky out there.  You have to be studious and really understand what those fish want, when.  Yes, a few PMDs and on any given day, there's still a spinnerfall too.  AM midges will be a decent bet.  If super bright and hot, what PMDs are going to pop, do so sporadically and in few numbers.  Very difficult to get a good fish to actually eat a dun- yeah, good luck there... Trapped in the film either emerger or spent is more likely.  Subsurface things are little easier.   What else is there? Like elsewhere, terrestrials through the day.  Hoppers are already showing in the fields throughout the area.  They are small-ish right now.  Sizes 12-14.   Ants and beetles are definitely on the menu though.  Blind fishing through the runs while on the move (slow and methodically mind you) can pay off pretty well.  You'll cover some ground so be respectful of other creek anglers that may be posted up.  Give them a wide berth and don't go crashing through either immediately above or below.  Treat your fellow angler just how you would like to be treated.  Respect!

Flies:
Splitback PMD nymph 16-20
Little Brown Emerger 18-20
Thread Nymph PMD 18-20
Tungsten Zebra 18-20
Sawyer PT: natural, blonde, olive 16-20
PMD sparkle dun 18-20
PMD knockdown dun 18-20
Trapped dun PMD 16-20
Last Chance Cripple PMD 18-20
Shortwing emerger 18-20
Harrop CDC spring creek hopper
Bloom's para ant 18
Harrop CDC Water Wasp
Parachute hopper, tan 12-14
Black fore-aft 18
Call anytime 406-333-4401
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 27th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 94 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley Spring Creeks- word is still PMDs although on the wane to be sure.  It's been a great month of fishing out here.  Some are saying that Depuy's is the best they've seen for PMDs in years.  We love to hear those words!  It's been pretty close to clockwork most days.  AM spinnerfall- though not every day.  Much dependant on the weather the eve before.  Stormy, somewhat nasty weather- limited AM spinner fall....  Daily however around mid-AM and now sputtering to going on for a couple hours, the PMD main event has the fish keyed.  Word of caution however, things are on the wane.  The number of bugs as well as length of hatch activity is winding down.  And those fish are seriously getting tough!  So-  what follows?  A mixed bag.  Hopefully sulphers!  But midges in the AM hours then terrestrials through the day.  Hoppers are already showing in the fields throughout the area.  They are small-ish right now.  Sizes 12-14.   Ants and beetles are definitely on the menu though.  Blind fishing through the runs while on the move (slow and methodically mind you) can pay off pretty well.  You'll cover some ground so be respectful of other creek anglers that may be posted up.  Give them a wide berth and don't go crashing through either immediately above or below.  Treat your fellow angler just how you would like to be treated.  Respect!

Flies:
Splitback PMD nymph 16-20
Little Brown Emerger 18-20
Thread Nymph PMD 18-20
Tungsten Zebra 18-20
Sawyer PT: natural, blonde, olive 16-20
PMD sparkle dun 18-20
PMD knockdown dun 18-20
Trapped dun PMD 16-20
Last Chance Cripple PMD 18-20
Shortwing emerger 18-20
Bloom's para ant 18
Spring creek hopper, cricket 14-16
Black fore-aft 18
Call anytime 406-333-4401
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 21st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Seems we've skipped more spring creek reports than not.  In some respects, there really hasn't been that much to report.  The creeks, especially Depuy's have been on autopilot for many weeks.  One acronym:  PMDs!
It's been pretty close to clockwork most days.  AM spinnerfall that has been stellar.  Not every day though.  Much dependant on the weather the eve before.  Stormy, somewhat nasty weather- limited AM spinner fall....  Daily however around 10 and lasting for at least a couple hours, the PMD main event has had all the fish keyed to the emergence.  Word of caution however, things are on the wane.  The number of bugs as well as length of hatch activity is on the downside.  What follows?  A mixed bag.  Hopefully sulphers!  But midges in the AM hours then terrestrials through the day.  Hoppers are already showing in the fields throughout the area.  They are small-ish right now.  Sizes 12-14.  Ants and beetles are definitely on the menu though.

Flies:
Splitback PMD nymph 16-20
Little Brown Emerger 18-20
Thread Nymph PMD 18-20
Tungsten Zebra 18-20
Sawyer PT: natural, blonde, olive 16-20
PMD sparkle dun 18-20
PMD knockdown dun 18-20
Trapped dun PMD 16-20
Last Chance Cripple PMD 18-20
Shortwing emerger 18-20
Bloom's para ant 18
Spring creek hopper, cricket 14-16
Black fore-aft 18
Call anytime 406-333-4401
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cloudy, cool, and wet conditions still lingering.  Those 3 words speak volumns in that we like these conditions, the fish like these conditions, and the bugs that have been hatching like these conditions.  How long will it last?  Another couple days at least.

What is hatching?  midges for one.  Always or nearly always a staple on all 3 spring creeks.  For now, there's a shift that is starting to occur on the creeks.  Yes, there's a few baetis lingering   Mind you, these little buggers are the more sensitive about weather conditions.  No dark clouds, cool weather- no baetis. But there are also some of the early (and seemingly super sized) PMDs showing here, there.  It's good to see the yellow bugs!  Fish may or may not eat them just yet so because you see them and tie on your favorite PMD Comparadun does not mean the fish are stupid on them or even eating the duns at all.  More likely they are eating the nymphs..  Still-  happy to see the PMDs!

AM concentrate on a little deeper water.  Hatches won't be till mid AM or later. So deeper slots and runs will have the fish hanging till nymphs begin to stir before the hatch is seen on the surface.  Nymphing these deeper spots 3-4 feet below soft indies with heavier Sawyer PTs followed by midge pupa, soft hackles or possibly even a caddis pupa are good starts.  Around midday, start to consider hatch time and fish moving to shallower/riffly spots.  Especially if the clouds stick around.  Once the bugs begin to roll, you'll be seeing fish on top.




Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-20
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18
Split back BWO/PMD Nymph 18-20
MO softhackle baetis18-20
Micro May olive, brown 18-20
Flossy san juan 14

Black, olive buggers
JJ Special
Sculpzilla

Call anytime 406-333-4401