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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.....
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - March 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The creeks are full of fish right now, but 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 in the coming weeks as the water temperture continues to rise.  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.....
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - October 10th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
We like the mixed clouds and chances of PM showers.  Watch the temps though as if the weather comes in as predicted, they'll surely drop a bit.  Have multiple layers you can add/shed depending! Otherwise, same game as it has been.  Midges throughout the day will have selective fish up and eating.  Baetis should make a showing and likely be coming off in the early to mid afternoon hours.  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.....