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Buzz's Spring Creek Fishing Report May 6, 2024

There is now some good dry fly fishing on the Creeks. On calm days we are seeing good Midge hatches in the mornings and good Baetis hatches in the afternoons.

We are getting fair to very good 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 ascending pupa.

There are some fair to very good Baetis hatches in the early afternoons. My favorite Baetis patterns are our Max”s Baetis (18 0r 20), a Harrop CDC Biot Baetis Dun or a Harrop Gray Olive Baetis Emerger (both of theses in a 20).

We are seeing some Caddis on the Creeks that are mostly coming over from the River. My favorite patterns for these are an Elk Hair Caddis in a 16 or 18.

Scuds and Sow Bugs are always available to the fish in the Creeks and are very effective flies during this time of the year. My favorite patterns are our Spring Creek Scud, a Hot Head Sow Bug, a Lee’s Sow Bug or a Tan or Olive Scud (all of these in a 16 or 18).

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.


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