Spring Creeks Fishing Report 7/23/2020 – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Spring Creeks Fishing Report 7/23/2020

    Current Conditions

    The Paradise Valley Spring Creeks have been fishing well. Big PMD hatches daily have made dry fly fishing incredibly fun. The fish have been quite picky so make your first cast count! Fishing a 12ft 5x leader to a size #18 or #20 has been sufficient. I always like to keep a few emergers, duns, cripples, and spinners in my box for these PMD hatches in case the fish are being really picky. Subsurface fishing with light nymph rigs using, caddis pupas, midges, and sow bugs.

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      The Livingson 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
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      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.
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      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.