Montana Spring Creeks Fishing Report

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Current Conditions:

The spring creeks are a great spring option and early summer option and this is arguably the best time of the season to target these famous fisheries.  All of the spring creeks are now open and fishing very, very well.  The fish are fresh and still haven’t seen a lot of flies.  There are also lots of bugs hatching that get the trout moving.  During a hatch the normally fussy and spooky trout let their guards down a bit and give you a larger margin of error.  

The Month Ahead:

The baetis hatch will extend into late May and the very beginning of June and the PMD hatch tends to get going around June 7th-19th depending on the creek.  All of June and early July will produce consistently excellent fishing conditions on the spring creeks with the main action centered around the late morning and early afternoon hatches.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:

Once the PMD hatch tapers off in late July things become a bit tougher.  Weed growth also increases and makes nymphing more difficult on several of the creeks but the terrestrial season is always enjoyable, just a bit more technical than earlier in the summer.