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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring creeks continue to be a good match for those anglers looking for the ultimate in challenging themselves.  Places like the PhD pool are aptly named come the end of July....7x tippet is the rule now and while you'll see plenty of targets, it's going to test your mettle getting the job done.  A high body count is not often in the cards here, folks.  But again, if you like the challenging aspect of repeatedly casting to finicky trout that shun all the best of drifts and require the perfect fly, this could be right up your alley.  PMDs have been the rule all month and while they are pretty much wrapping up, there are still some decent hatches that can pop from time to time.  Take days like today starting out cloudy but warm.  A decent emergence likely will happen and as long as the weather continues to cooperate through the day, it could be pretty darn good out there.   Dog day hot and sunny have made things ultra tough.  If we get clouds, it's a different game.  However, PM thundershowers on tap for today may just put an end to the party.  We'll see...

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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 - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Not much else to really report on for the spring creeks.  PMDS are the game however, they are starting to wane a bit.  There have been some good spinner falls first thing in the AM around 8 and fish are up on them for sure.  The hatch emergence tends to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  Although on hot bright days (hmm, we seem to be having a few...) that hatch time can get condensed and shortened up quite a bit.  The good news is that even before you see actual yellow bugs on the surface, the nymphs are active and the trout keyed on them.  Short leash nymphing with a Sawyer's PT and a PMD thread nymph or pick a midge pupa just to be different are great choices to start the day.  At the outset of the emergence, switching to short wing emergers, cdc emergers and the like are good.  Getting a fish on the spring creeks to actually eat a dun (fully emerged adult just hatched on the surface) is a rare sight right now.  No hackles may or may not get eaten as well. CDC patterns are the rule.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns. Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  Did we mention the need for 7x?   Another good trick after the hatch dies down (some days it's been early in the day...) is to go prospecting with small terrestrials like ants and beetles.  Fish will know what these are and be willing to eat a well presented fly.

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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 - July 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Good to great action on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks continues to be the word.  PMDS are the game and will be for another couple weeks.  Bugs tend to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  There have been some good spinner falls first thing in the AM around 8 and fish are up on them for sure.  It's not every place on creeks, but keep you eyes open when you first get there and look for the swarms in the air.  This action may be relatively short lived however.  Next up is the main emergence.  Even before you see actual yellow bugs on the surface, the nymphs are active and the trout keyed on them.  Short leash nymphing with a Sawyer's PT and a PMD thread nymph or pick a midge pupa just to be different are great choices to start the day.  At the outset of the emergence, switching to short wing emergers, cdc emergers and the like are good.  You can get fish to eat the Comparadun right now, but it's not going to take too long for spring creek fish to wise up. Having No hackle and CDC patterns are really the way to go.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns.  Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  Another good trick after the hatch dies down (some days it's been early in the day...) is to go prospecting with small terrestrials like ants and beetles.  Fish will know what these are and be willing to eat a well presented fly.

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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 - July 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Good to great action on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks continues to be the word.  PMDS are the game and will be for another couple weeks.  Bugs tend to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  There have been some good spinner falls first thing in the AM around 8 and fish are up on them for sure.  It's not every place on creeks, but keep you eyes open when you first get there and look for the swarms in the air.  This action may be relatively short lived however.  Next up is the main emergence.  Even before you see actual yellow bugs on the surface, the nymphs are active and the trout keyed on them.  Short leash nymphing with a Sawyer's PT and a PMD thread nymph or pick a midge pupa just to be different are great choices to start the day.  At the outset of the emergence, switching to short wing emergers, cdc emergers and the like are good.  You can get fish to eat the Comparadun right now, but it's not going to take too long for spring creek fish to wise up. Having No hackle and CDC patterns are really the way to go.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns.  Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  Another good trick after the hatch dies down (some days it's been early in the day...) is to go prospecting with small terrestrials like ants and beetles.  Fish will know what these are and be willing to eat a well presented fly.

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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 - June 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
All 3 spring creeks- Nelson, Depuy, and Armstrongs are reporting excellent fishing.  It's the peak of PMD time on the creeks.  There have been consistently good to great hatches on all 3 creeks now and the fish have really filled in too.  Nelson's is always very good.  Up till this week, Depuy's has seen more bugs and fish than Armstrongs, but the reports we've had are seeing that Armstrong's has been just as good now.  Bugs tend to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  Even before you see actual yellow bugs on the surface, the nymphs are active and the trout keyed on them.  Short leash nymphing with a Sawyer's PT and a PMD thread nymph or pick a midge pupa just to be different are great choices to start the day.  At the outset of the emergence, switching to short wing emergers, cdc emergers and the like are good.  You can get fish to eat the Comparadun right now, but it's not going to take too long for spring creek fish to wise up. Having No hackle and CDC patterns are really the way to go.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns.  Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  The hatch has been going long enough that there are daily spinner falls now as well. 

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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 - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
It's summer time to be sure on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks.  No shortage of folks putting their mettle to the test with the wily fish out here.  PMDs rule the day  and are definitely becoming the consisten hatch activity that we are supposed to be seeing.  Fish are looking for those PMDs!  Bugs tend to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  Even before you see actual yellow bugs on the surface, the nymphs are active and the trout keyed on them.  Short leash nymphing with a Sawyer's PT and a PMD thread nymph or pick a midge pupa just to be different are great choices to start the day.  At the outset of the emergence, switching to short wing emergers, cdc emergers and the like are good.  You can get fish to eat the Comparadun right now, but it's not going to take too long for spring creek fish to wise up. Having No hackle and CDC patterns are really the way to go.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns.  Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  The hatch has been going long enough that there are daily spinner falls now as well. 

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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