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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing:

Old man winter decided to pay a visit to Paradise Valley a visit this week and we've seen cooler temps than expected. The PMDs are coming off but a week behind schedule for right now. Higher temps later this week will bring back summer and we expect the PMD hatch to move into full swing in the coming week. Light tippet, long leaders, down-stream presentation, and patience will be the keys to success. Make your first cast your best and try an emerger or cripple rather than a parachute post. Rod availabilty is very limited on DePuy's, Armstrong's, and Nelson's spring creeks already for the rest of the summer. Starting soon the most challanging part of catching a fish on the spring creek won't be getting an eat but rather just getting a reservation will be your biggest obstacle. Call soon to book a rod!

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
Zebra Midge sz 20
Midge Larva sz 18-22
Hanging Midge sz 20

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing:

The first good numbers of PMDs have started to hatch in the slower sections of the spring creeks and the trout are keyed in already. As we move further into June bug activty will only increase and soon we will be fishing PMDs all day. If you are thinking about fishing either DePuys, Armstrong's, or Nelson's Spring Creek pick up the phone and reserve a rod stat; there's limited availibilty as it is and its hard to find a better body of water to fish in the area right now.

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
Zebra Midge sz 20
Midge Larva sz 18-22
Hanging Midge sz 20

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing:

Fishing continues to remain good on DePuy's, Armstong's, and Nelson's spring creeks. The dry fly fishing has slowed as the BWO hatches have tapered off and we now wait for the PMDs to show up. On cooler, calmer days, with good cloud coverage keep your eyes peeled for rising fish but nymphing is certainly your best strategy right now. Look to fish smaller mayfly, midge, and caddis nymph patterns for the best results. The PMDs will start hatching soon and once they do the spring creeks will be the hot spot to fish for the angler headed to Paradise Valley. Rod slots are filling up quick so if you are considering a day of fishing in late June or early July you'd better move quick!

Recommended Flies:
Griffith's Gnat sz 18-22
Hanging Midge sz 18-22
Quigley's Microcripple sz 18-22
Zebra Midge sz 18-22
Miracle Midge sz 18-20
Midge Larva sz 18-20
Smokejumper Baetis sz 18-20
Loopwing Emerger sz 18-20
Tiltwing BWO sz 18-20
Kinsey's Emerger sz 18-20
Thor Cripple sz 18-20
Sawyer's PT Nymph sz 18-20
WD-50 sz 18-20
Little Green Machine sz 18-20
Elk-Hair Caddis sz 16-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Translucent Caddis sz 16-18
Downey's PMD sz 16-18

Weather:
It has been warm in the valley with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack.

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 28th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing

A day fly fishing on Armstong's, DePuy's, or Nelson's Spring Creek is always a day well-spent and are a great option this time of year as we watch the Yellowstone river get bigger by the day. Fishing has been nothing short of great as midge hatches continue to be strong and some lingering BWO and emerging Caddisflies add to the action. Look to fish the midge hatches on calmer mornings and evenings and expect the BWO and Caddis activity to fall in between. The fish tend to be keying in on the nymphs but be ready for rising fish at anytime.

Recommended Flies:
Griffith's Gnat sz 18-22
Hanging Midge sz 18-22
Quigley's Microcripple sz 18-22
Zebra Midge sz 18-22
Miracle Midge sz 18-20
Smokejumper Baetis sz 18-20
Loopwing Emerger sz 18-20
Tiltwing BWO sz 18-20
Kinsey's Emerger sz 18-20
Thor Cripple sz 18-20
Sawyer's PT Nymph sz 18-20
WD-50 sz 18-20
Little Green Machine sz 18-20
Elk-Hair Caddis sz 16-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18

.....we hear a small white zonker may not be a bad bet either

Weather:
It has been warm in the valley with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack.

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.


 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Bright and sunny yesterday.  Heavy clouds, little to no wind, and rain/snow showers today.  Yes, did say snow.  Getting a bit tired of it, but with days like today, fishing on the spring creeks is going to be good...  Spawners?  YES, Still, ongoing! -all 3 spring creeks are full of spawning fish right now.  You can actively watch the rainbows in all the prime pea sized gravel doing their thing.  Sure, it could be easy to pop a cast in there, But a word to remeber- those are the future fish of the Yellowstone! Work to be careful of the spawning reds.  Leave the spawning fish alone and focus your efforts on the fish that have have dropped back into the deeper runs. 


Hatch Activity: There will be midges throughout the day in spots. And said midges will have selective fish up and eating.  Baetis are around and still going.  You can bet that with a day like this, they will hatch.  Think early to mid-PM. There are going to be baetis nymphs found in the water columns before, during, and after that active hatch activity where we anglers are seeing the duns on the water.  A good rule of thumb for fishing the creeks: Run a "short leash"  nymphing setup with 6x and small zebra midges, sawyer pts, softhackle pts, tailwater tiny's, sow bugs, scuds, little flossy san juans, and the like will do well.  Never underestimate a small-ish black or olive bunny fur streamer (love the slumbuster!) when nothing else seems to be working.....
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Bright and sunny today.  Creeks may be a little tougher than the past couple days, but still very good.  AS HAS BEEN the case for the past month plus -all 3 spring creeks are full of spawning fish right now.  You can actively watch the rainbows in all the prime pea sized gravel doing their thing.  Sure, it could be easy to pop a cast in there, But a word to remeber- those are the future fish of the Yellowstone! Work to be careful of the spawning reds.  Leave the spawning fish alone and focus your efforts on the fish that have have dropped back into the deeper runs. 


Hatch Activity: There will be midges throughout the day in spots. And said midges will have selective fish up and eating.  Baetis are so-so.  Don't think they'll be all that strong today.  What will hatch will show in the early PM.  The non-spawners will still key on the baetis nymphs that will be found in the water columns before, during, and after that active hatch activity where we anglers are seeing the duns on the water.  A good rule of thumb for fishing the creeks: Run a "short leash"  nymphing setup with 6x and small zebra midges, sawyer pts, softhackle pts, tailwater tiny's, sow bugs, scuds, little flossy san juans, and the like will do well.  Never underestimate a small-ish black or olive bunny fur streamer (love the slumbuster!) when nothing else seems to be working.....