Spring Creeks Fishing Report 1/5/2021 – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Spring Creeks Fishing Report 1/5/2021

    Current Conditions

    Weather near Livingston has been a bit warmer than Bozeman but it has been crazy windy in that direction. Fishing the creeks in the Winter months can be some of the best. Just look for a day with slightly less wind to have more fun. Nymphing has remained the most productive method. Good imitations for the creeks include Zebra Midges, Scuds/Sowbugs, Micro Mays, and Pheasant Tails. With all of these patterns, fish a #16 or smaller. These spring creek trout are known to refuse flies, so fishing fluorocarbon leaders can really up your chances. I like a 9-10ft tapered leader to 5x. Use sensitive, small indicators like a Pulsa or made of yarn. As always when headed to the creeks, make sure you have some flies that imitate different life-cycles.

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    COVID 19 COMMUNICATIONS – Nov. 22, 2020

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    • Respect social distancing and use provided hand sanitizer.
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    The Livingston Area Spring Creeks have limited rod availability. Be sure to call and make a reservation before you make the drive. Nelson's-(406) 222-6560, Armstrong's-(406) 222-2979, DePuy's-(406) 222-0221

    The Spring Creeks are a great option whenever paradise valley is not crazy windy. There has not been much for dry fly action recently but the midges should be coming in a few weeks or so. The BWO's won't be far behind. For best success use flies such as WD-40, RS2s, Zebra Midges, Manhattan Midge, Tube Midge, Jujubee Flash Midge, sowbugs/scuds, worms, and caddis larva. Long leaders and light tippet in Fluorocarbon can be a game changer for these fish, make sure you are well equipped to get technical on these trout if headed this way. 

    Recommended Guided Trips

    Full-Day Guided Trip

    Full Day guided fly-fishing trips are our standard offering and offer the best opportunity to truly get out and experience the fly-fishing opportunities around Bozeman that attract anglers from around the world

    • Typical Full Day Trips Are 6-8 Hours in Duration
    • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
    • Full Day Trips Are Generally Float Trips
    • Full Day Trips Available on Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson rivers
    • Drive Time Is Typically 30-60 Minutes Each Way
    • Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
    Learn More

    Half-Day Guided Trip

    Looking for a quick introduction to fly fishing or only have a few hours to get out on the water with one of our fly fishing guides? A half-day float on the lower Madison is likely to be the perfect choice.

    • Half-Day Trips Are 3-4 Hours in Duration
    • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
    • Half-Day Float Trips On The Lower Madison River Only
    • Ideal For Families With Small Children (6+ Years Old)
    • Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
    • Tackle and Drinks are Include
    • Waders and Boots are available for rent ($25 per person) or purchase - we recommend bringing your own or pack light rain pants if the forecast calls for rain as we rarely need waders during the guide season.
    Learn More

    Fishing Licenses and Shuttle Info

    The Livingston Area Spring Creeks have limited rod availability. Be sure to call and make a reservation before you make the drive.

    Nelson's: 406.222.6560

    Armstrong's: 406.222.2979

    DePuy's: 406.222.0221

    Spring Creeks River Overview

    Montana spring creeks are home to some of the most coveted wild trout waters found anywhere in the world. These small streams are spring-fed bodies of water characterized by consistent year-round water temperatures and stream flows. These stable environments provide exceptional habitat for many insect types along with the trout that feed on them. Generally speaking, there is dry fly fishing to be found just about any day of the year on the regional spring creeks.