The spring creeks are a good option this time of year. The water here remains the same temps where there could be ice floating down through the Yellowstone system. There are still some BWO's hatching and midges for the dry fly enthusiast but nymphing will be the most productive. Long leaders and fluorocarbon really make a difference here. Typically, (9-10 ft, 5X fluro leaders) get it done. Use small sensitive indicators to avoid spooking fish out of their holding areas and light weights. Small, natural patterns, like #18 Olive Micro May, #16-#18 Pheasant Tails, Pink Sowbugs, and Black Zebra Midges, should entice eats from these picky fish. It is always a good idea to have multiple stages of the BWO's as well. Sometimes these fish are keyed in on the emergers over the nymphs, mix and match your flies and find what works best for the time window you're fishing.
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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
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.
The Livingston Area Spring Creeks have limited rod availability. Be sure to call and make a reservation before you make the drive.