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Spring Creeks Fishing Reports

Your Local Source For Fishing Reports

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Spring Creek Fishing Reports
Updated Oct 02, 23

Fishing on the spring creeks has been good with dry flies but seems to be significantly better when it is cloudy. Early morning midge hatches still have fish eating on the surface. Fishing a Griffith's Gnat #18-#20 or a No Mercy Midge #18 has tricked these picky fish. The midge hatch gives way to BWO's late morning to early afternoon. Fish have been eating a Quill Gordon BWO Parachute and a CDC Comparadun consistently in size #18 when they are feeding on Blue Wing Olives. There have been occasional evening sulphur hatches with the bugs being size #18 - #20. Small (#20) light bodied PMD flies with a CDC wing have been tricking trout rising to sulphurs most often. If dry fly fishing does not pan out, nymphing can be good with an Olive Micro Mayfly or a red Manhattan Midge. There may be a few fish willing to eat a hopper, ant or beetle but I wouldn't bank on it.

To purchase an assortment of up-to-date, hand-selected flies for area Spring Creeks:

  • Select the Montana Fly Assortment below
  • Select the number of desired flies
  • Enter where and when you plan on fishing
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Montana fishing licenses are available for purchase online at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and at Yellow Dog Flyfishing - Fly Shop (some exceptions may apply). If you are planning to fish in the headwaters of the Gallatin River area above Taylor's Fork (approx. 1 mile upstream); be aware that most of this is in Yellowstone National Park which requires a separate fishing license and is seasonally open to fishing according to YNP regulations.

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