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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 09/025/14
The Spring Creeks are still fishing good even with the warm sunny skies. Small terrestrials still. Midge and baetis larve and pupa will still get trout to eat. The weekend is calling for rainy days and cooler temperatures. Have some small baetis patterns in the fly box for that as well as the emerger patterns. Light tippet and long leaders will be a must.

Recommended Flies:
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 18-20, Red and Black
Small Stalcup's Hoppers sz 12-14
Tiger Beetle sz 16
Sidewinder midge pupa sz 20-22
Zebra Midge sz 18 Black
Skinny Nelson sz 20
Mercer's Micro Mayfly nymph sz 18 Olive
UV2 Mayfly Nymph sz 18
Parachute Adams sz 18
Harrop's Short Wing emerger BWO sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun BWO sz 18-20

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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 17th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 09/06/14
Fishing has been pretty good on the creek with a little more action on top. Still expect to see some sulfers, and fall baetis with overcast skies. The warm weather this week has helped the terrestrial bite just a bit. Again your best chance at hooking one of those wary trout would be with baetis nymphs, midge larva and pupa patterns fished just under the surface or in the flim itself.

Recommended Flies:
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 18-20, Red and Black
Small Stalcup's Hoppers sz 12-14
Tiger Beetle sz 16
Sidewinder midge pupa sz 20-22
Zebra Midge sz 18 Black
Skinny Nelson sz 20
Mercer's Micro Mayfly nymph sz 18 Olive
UV2 Mayfly Nymph sz 18
Parachute Adams sz 18

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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 6th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 09/06/14
The creeks are between hatches right now with Sulphers holding on for a little while longer. The bugs are small sizes 22-24. On cloudier, cooler days we are starting to see some fall baetis. Terrestrials make up the mainstay of the dry fly fishing right now. With baetis nymphs, midge larva and pupa being the day-in day-out menu for the trout.

Recommended Flies:
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 18-20, Red and Black
Small Stalcup's Hoppers sz 12-14
Tiger Beetle sz 16
Sidewinder midge pupa sz 20-22
Zebra Midge sz 18 Black
Skinny Nelson sz 20
Mercer's Micro Mayfly nymph sz 18 Olive
UV2 Mayfly Nymph sz 18

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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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