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Buzz's Spring Creek Fishing Report - May 15, 2022


Fishing on the Creeks is good. Dry fly action is picking up.. On calm days we are seeing some Midges in the mornings and evenings with some Baetis in the afternoons. There are Caddis all day long.  

We are still getting some Midge hatches in the mornings and again in the evening. Midge larva patterns are always a good thing to use. We like the following patterns: a Black Beauty, a Red or Black Zebra Midge, a Miracle Nymph, or an Olive, White or Black Midge Larva. All of these patterns in an 18 or 20. My favorite Dry Midge Pattern is a Mole Midge in a size 22. Most of the time what looks like a rise to a midging fish, the fish is actually feeding on midge pupa just below the surface. The Mole Midge hangs in the film and the fish takes it for the pupa.

We are still seeing some Spring Baetis. Hatches in the afternoons. As usual on a clear day the hatch is very sparse and on overcast bad weather days the hatch is better. My favorite patterns are our Max’s Baetis, a CDC Baetis Comparadun, a Harrop CDC Gray Olive Biot Dun, a Harrop Gray Olive Biot Emerger or a Baetis Comparadun, all of these in an 18 or 20.

There are Caddis throughout the Creeks. Most of these are coming over from the River. Sometimes the fish ignore them, however there are plenty of fish that get on them. My favorite patterns are an Elk Hair Caddis, a Harrop Henry’s Fork Caddis and Ron’s Caddis, all of these in a 16 or 18.

Scuds and Sow Bugs are also an important food to the fish in the Spring Creeks during this time of year Some of the best patterns are: a Grey Sow Bug, a Soft Hackle Sow Bug, a Lee’s Sow Bug, a Hot Head Sow Bug or an Olive, Grey or Tan Scud. Use a size 18 in all of these patterns.

 Most of the flies suggested above are locally tied and have been developed especially for the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks by the Spring Creek Specialists Fly Shop.  

    We now have over 500 patterns just for the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, including 70 patterns by Rene Harrop. 

Many of the fly patterns mentioned can be seen at www.depuyspringcreek.com. Just follow the link to fly patterns.

All of our patterns are available for sale by contacting us by email at basini@mcn.net or calling us at 406 222 5664

















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