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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 2nd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Spawning Bows are all over the spring creeks!  Winter rates are still in effect for another 2 weeks.  Hey, the sun has been shining, temps are downright warm and there's been little in the way of "W".  And there's good midge as well as sporadic BWO activity.  All in all, pretty darn good fishing right now!

As far as hatches, Midges will be present here/there throughout parts of the day. Spring Baetis are starting as well.  These BWO's prefer the low light conditions of cloudy/stormy days vs. bright sunshine.  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. 

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!

Rod fees are at Winter rates until April 14th: $40/angler making fishing the creeks a real bargain. 

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 - March 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fish are definitely on the move in the spring creeks.  Have had several reports now of actively moving rainbows coming into Depuy's from the river so the spring spawning migration has begun.  This will intensify in the coming weeks.  Time to be recognizing where the bows are actively spawning and staying physically off these redds.  

As far as hatches, Midges will be present here/there throughout parts of the day. Spring Baetis are starting as well.  These BWO's prefer the low light conditions of cloudy/stormy days vs. bright sunshine.  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.  Rod fees are at Winter rates: $40/angler making fishing the creeks a real bargain. 

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 - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Spring is starting.  Least we think so.  We're hoping that today will be a nice day to be on the spring creeks.  Maybe the wind will behave?  Midges will be present here/there throughout parts of the day.  Rod fees are at Winter rates: $40/angler making fishing the creeks a real bargain. 

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 - October 31st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Happy Halloween!  This will the our last active report for the Fall/early winter.  We will be closing the flyshop to regular hours.  If you see the lights on, by all means stop in, however don't count on us being there much.  It's time to get our fishing fix, hunt up and elk or deer, shoot some ducks, etc and otherwise re-charge our love for living here.  Feel free to call however anytime.  Thanks for another great season. Call anytime 406-333-4401

We're hoping that today will be a another great day to be on the spring creeks.  Midges will be present here/there throughout the entire day.  Blue winged olives (baetis) will be decent from midday onwards for a couple of hours.  Rod fees are at Winter rates: $40/angler making fishing the creeks a real bargain. 

Fishing techniques continue to be about the same as they have been.  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. Lastly, you could consider fishing and egg and small copper john combo.  There are still plenty of actively spawning brown trout (& some real bruisers!) but it seems that the browns are not as susceptible to the egg-o as the bows are in the spring.  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
Baetis Thread Nymph 18-20
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


 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - October 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Sat and Sunday's bright sunny weather replaced by more clouds again today.    Should be another great day to be on the spring creeks.  Midges will be present throughout the entire day.  Blue winged olives (baetis) will be strong from midday onwards.  Rod fees are still Fall rates: $75/angler.  Have to wait another 2 weeks for the really cheap rods, but it's worth it right now to pay.  You can hunt heads all day.  Or rip a streamer through some likely spots and hang on...

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-20
Baetis Thread Nymph 18-20
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

Swing by the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports, great bug selections, as well as anything else you may need to be successful out there.  Call anytime 406-333-4401

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - October 4th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Icy, foggy, snow
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Summer's gone.  Fall is kind of too.  Seems a bit more like early winter!  Full on clouds, some North Wind (yeeeck!) and snow squalls/ rain.  Hmmmm.  Wonder what's happening on the spring creeks?  Oh- uh, Baetis.  Full on baby!  If you care to know anything else, yes, there's midges too.  Both by the handfuls.  So you don't want to row the boat into the wind?  Nor cast in the wind?  I'd be heading to the spring creeks.  Rod fees are still Fall rates: $75/angler.  Have to wait another 2 weeks for the really cheap rods, but it's worth it right now to pay.  You can hunt heads all day.  Or rip a streamer through some likely spots and hang on...

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-20
Baetis Thread Nymph 18-20
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

Swing by the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports, great bug selections, as well as anything else you may need to be successful out there.  Call anytime 406-333-4401