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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
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 23rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cloudy, cool, and wet.  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. 

What is hatching?  midges for one.  Always or nearly always a staple on all 3 spring creeks.  And---baetis.  That's right, we still have some lingering blue wing olives.  Mind you, these little buggers are the more sensitive about weather conditions.  No dark clouds, cool weather- no baetis.  But given the week's worth of clouds and rain, they've been out.  And yes, the fish are in the know!
AM concentrate on a little deeper water.  Hatches won't be till midday 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, baetis 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.

Rainbows are all but done spawning now.  However, there are still spawning fish in the creeks.  Really you say? Well, yes, it's Mr & Mrs Cutthroats time!  And as we've been saying:
Do consider the Redds in the creeks.  You know, the places the Cutties are making the next generation of themselves that we would like to see get big?  There's really no need to fish to the fish that are actively spawning or are about to.  There are plenty of other trout in the spring creeks that are a)done spawning and are below the redds feeding b)other species :browns that aren't spawning at this time.  It's very helpful to not stress the fish that are actively procreating as well as not walking all over their spawning grounds.  Simple- leave them be.  Your courtesy and thoughtfulness will go a long ways to making more trout!
 
Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....

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 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
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Partly to mostly cloudy with not very warm temps, chance of rain yet means good chances Baetis will come off.  It was really good out there yesterday which was in direct contrast to Thurs and the bright sun.  Keep clouds and things are good...... Bright sun and its a simple fact- tough. 

AM concentrate on a little deeper water.  Hatches won't be till midday or later and the fish know it. 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, baetis 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.

Still spawners in the creeks.  Seems to be a little past prime, but still lots of rainbows doing their thing.  And as we've been saying:
Do consider the Redds in the creeks.  You know, the places the rainbows are making the next generation of themselves that we would like to see get big?  There's really no need to fish to the fish that are actively spawning or are about to.  There are plenty of other trout in the spring creeks that are a)done spawning and are below the redds feeding b)other species :browns and cutthroat that aren't spawning at this time.  It's very helpful to not stress the fish that are actively procreating as well as not walking all over their spawning grounds.  Simple- leave them be.  Your courtesy and thoughtfulness will go a long ways to making more trout!
 
Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....

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 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
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Ummmm- I'd say skip it today..... South wind climbing to middle 30MPH and trying to dupe spring creek fish?  Save the $$ and hunker down today!

Still spawners in the creeks.  Seems to be a little past prime, but still lots of rainbows doing their thing.  And as we've been saying:
Do consider the Redds in the creeks.  You know, the places the rainbows are making the next generation of themselves that we would like to see get big?  There's really no need to fish to the fish that are actively spawning or are about to.  There are plenty of other trout in the spring creeks that are a)done spawning and are below the redds feeding b)other species :browns and cutthroat that aren't spawning at this time.  It's very helpful to not stress the fish that are actively procreating as well as not walking all over their spawning grounds.  Simple- leave them be.  Your courtesy and thoughtfulness will go a long ways to making more trout!
 
Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....

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 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
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 26th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Sun, sun, sun.  Making it a bit tough if you are a spring creek dry fly guy.  Why?  Hatches have been pretty well put off with the heatwave.  OK, really?  Well, yeah, 70 degrees for several days in a row IS a bit on the warm side for mid/late April.  Remember though, we can go back to snow just as quick.....  So what gives?  Our bet lies on finding the deeper holes in the creeks and, gulp, getting down there toward bottom....That is to be consistent.  Wanna fish dries only?  Have at it.  Just be ready to hunt for a long time through a lot of water for that opportunity.....

Still spawners in the creeks.  Seems to be a little past prime, but still lots of rainbows doing their thing.  And as we've been saying:
Do consider the Redds in the creeks.  You know, the places the rainbows are making the next generation of themselves that we would like to see get big?  There's really no need to fish to the fish that are actively spawning or are about to.  There are plenty of other trout in the spring creeks that are a)done spawning and are below the redds feeding b)other species :browns and cutthroat that aren't spawning at this time.  It's very helpful to not stress the fish that are actively procreating as well as not walking all over their spawning grounds.  Simple- leave them be.  Your courtesy and thoughtfulness will go a long ways to making more trout!
 
Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....

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 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
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 20th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lots of fish in the creeks right now.  The Rainbow spawn is full on still and likely about peak this week or next.  Numbers of fish are not just bows, but browns and cutts too.  Given the right weather situations, there are good hatches coming off on the creeks as well making for some fun fishing situations.  Finding an afternoon with low light, clouds, light or variable wind can bring on a very good hatch and fish will definitely be looking up.  Midges will be present here/there throughout parts of the day. Spring Baetis are a good bet as well.  We should start to see even a few caddis coing on relatively soon as well.

Do consider the Redds in the creeks.  You know, the places the rainbows are making the next generation of themselves that we would like to see get big?  There's really no need to fish to the fish that are actively spawning or are about to.  There are plenty of other trout in the spring creeks that are a)done spawning and are below the redds feeding b)other species :browns and cutthroat that aren't spawning at this time.  It's very helpful to not stress the fish that are actively procreating as well as not walking all over their spawning grounds.  Simple- leave them be.  Your courtesy and thoughtfulness will go a long ways to making more trout!
 
Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....

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 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