Fishing Report Updated April 9, 2021
This Paradise Valley Spring Creek fishing report is valid for the middle two weeks of April, 2021.
This is our favorite time on the spring creeks. Good BWO hatches combined with lots of food items and eggs being disturbed by spawning rainbow trout leads to active and aggressive fish. Unfortunately, crowds have been exceptionally high on the creeks. Right now, Depuy is almost fully-booked for the entire month. We’ve got one guide day booked in July on Depuy. Otherwise, we probably aren’t going to get any bookings on the creeks this year… 🙁
If you’re lucky enough to have a booking, midge and BWO hatches are possible on calm and cloudy afternoons. The best BWO hatches on the creeks are right now. Rising fish will be most likely in the shallow sun-warmed slicks on calm afternoons.
The most consistent fishing will be subsurface. Look for the somewhat deeper slots and fish BWO nymphs, San Juan Worms, and egg patterns. Covering tons of water with Woolly Buggers is another option, especially if you’re impatient.
Heavy numbers of spawning trout are now present. Areas of Depuy at least are closed to angling to protect these fish. The trout spawn outside these areas, too. Avoid fishing areas of shallow, clean gravel to avoid disturbing the spawners. May the trout gods smite you if you WALK through such areas!! Stick to fishing the deeper areas with bouldery, dark bottoms to avoid harassing the spawners. Spawning activity upstream will send plenty of food into these areas for the non-spawners to eat.
We’ll update the Paradise Valley Spring Creek fishing report around May 1.
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fishing Report – Relevant Links
- Armstrong Spring Creek
- Depuy Spring Creek
- Nelson’s Spring Creek
- Spring Creek Specialists: This shed-size fly shop is located on Depuy Spring Creek and is dedicated exclusively to flies and tackle for fishing the spring creeks. It’s the one shop I always visit when I’m guiding on one of the creeks.
- Livingston, MT Weather