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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.....
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 24th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
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. 

As has been the case, there will be midges throughout the day in spots. And said midges will have selective fish up and eating.  Baetis are very much in play.  And should be making an appearance with the right conditions in the early PM.  Perhaps intensifying if a heavier cloud cover comes in.  Not much has changed in that 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.....
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 10th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
What's not to like about fishing on the spring creeks right now?  Rod fees are still on the winter rate of $40/day for another couple days and the fishing has been good!  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. 

As has been the case, there will be midges throughout the day in spots. And said midges will have selective fish up and eating.  Baetis are very much in plya.  And should be making an appearance with the right conditions in the early PM.  Perhaps intensifying if a heavier cloud cover comes in.  Not much has changed in that 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.....
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Fishing on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks (Armstrong, Depuy, Nelson) is good to excellent given the day's conditions.  We've been getting reports that the creeks are full of fish right now and there's lots of spawners. 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. 

Midges throughout the day will have selective fish up and eating.  Baetis should be making an appearance with the right conditions in the early PM.  Perhaps intensifying if a heavier cloud cover comes in.  Fish will still key on the baetis nymphs that will be found in the water columns.  Short leash nymphing 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.....