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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

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 30th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
What an awesome Sunday AM!  Partly cloudy with the same old report of mid 70s.  And NO WIND!  I'll take the same old- same old because there is an end in sight.  By mid-week we're supposed to see our first major weather disturbance in a looong time.  Snow and rain and middle 40s.  I say BRING IT!  But for now, I'm going to relish the last of the shorts and flip flops kind of days!  On the creeks- what' happening there?  Actually, about the same as it has been:  we are seeing some (let me qualify this with more like a few) baetis.  Also some psuedos (teeny, tiny pale olive baetis) and decent midges.  There are windows of opportunity each and every day on the spring creeks where fish are actively feeding and can be seduced.  AM is midges.  Midday through till 6-ish is baetis and psuedos. Yes, the weeds are thick.  Nymphing in all but the deepest and fastest runs can be problematic.  Still- don't know till you try.  So go forth and remember- this is for fun....

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-18
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

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 - September 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's been a bit since we last reported on the Spring Creeks.  Yes we realize that it's not like they've gone anywhere.  There just wasn't really anything to report on.  However, with the cooling period that we've been having.  Albeit, it's been rather drawn out and glacial like, we have been seeing cooler day time temps and much longer nights that are getting down to the 40s.  All of this has not gone unoticed even if it is sunny still every single day.  There are more bugs showing up in the water column and fish are responding much better.  If we could ever get a "real fall" day with clouds and rain/snow, boy we'd be in fat city.  The blue winged olives would POP!  Still, we are seeing some baetis.  Also some psuedos (teeny, tiny pale olive baetis) and good midges.  There are windows of opportunity each and every day on the spring creeks where fish are actively feeding and can be seduced.  Yes, the weeds are thick.  Nymphing in all but the deepest and fastest runs can be problematic.  Still- don't know till you try.  So go forth and remember- this is for fun....

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-18
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

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 - August 21st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Spring Creeks are cruising through Middle August just like everywhere else.  There's still some good fishing to be had on the creeks, but it's not like what it was through July.  Weed beds are full on big and nymphing is getting really tough without pulling green goo off the flies.  Even though you've got on tiny size 20 flies, they still grab the gunk!.   Dry fly afficienados won't care as they've been working the flies on top anyway...  Terrestrials are what's happening for the most part.  Sure, there's a few sulphers, especially in th evenings, but that's a long way off from 10AM... Small tan, peach, and golden hoppers fished blind down and across could get some action.  We love the Harrop spring creek hopper!  Also ants and beetles fished the same way work well.  7X tippet is almost a must as these are truly well educated fish these days.

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18
Split back Nymph 18-20
MO softhackle 18-20
Micro May olive, brown 18-20
Flossy san juan 14
Neversink Beetle 12-16
Dave's deerhair beetle 14
Quick sight beetle 16
Hi-vis para flying ant in black & cinnamon 16
Blooms ant 16
Dave's hopper 14
Para hopper 12-16
Harrop's SC Hopper 12



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