Fly Fishing Montana Spring Creeks

Spring creeks offer some of the most challenging fly fishing conditions for wild trout in the world.  These technical fisheries originate from underground aquifers and flow cold and clear year round.  The biomass in spring creeks is astounding and trout densities are extremely high.  The combination of abundant food options and gin clear waters produce conditions that require stealth and match the hatch presentation.  Many anglers consider spring creek fly fishing to be the ultimate challenge in the sport.

Basin Spring Creek

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Basin spring creek is located in a remote valley on a massive 30,000 acre ranch near Two Dot. This small but productive spring creek is loaded with aggressive browns that average 12-16 inches with the larger fish at 20". The spring creek is truly in big sky country with sweeping vistas and zero signs of humanity.

Armstrong Spring Creek

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Located in the heart of Paradise Valley, the scenery located along the spring creek is some of the best in the state. Armstrong originates from a series of underground springs on the O'hair ranch. The portion of the creek on the O'hair ranch is filled with riffles, pockets and runs. The large amount of faster water is often a bonus when fishing a spring creek since the trout have a bit less time to inspect our flies. Fishing on Armstrong is good all year round. The creek is an insect factory and produces an ample supply of mayflies, midges, caddis flies and freshwater crustaceans.

DePuy Spring Creek

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DePuy Spring Creek is considered by many to be one of the finest spring creeks on the planet. Its productive waters located in the heart of Paradise Valley draw anglers from far and wide. The creek ranges from 30 to 100 feet wide and has a wide variety of trout habitat including riffles, deep runs, glassy flats and a spring fed pond. Few places on earth can match the picturesque beauty of the DePuy ranch with the Absaroka Mountains towering above a valley filled with deer, swans, cranes and bubbling trout waters.

Leonard Spring Creek

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Leonard Spring Creek is located on a private ranch near Twin Bridges, MT. It is a unique spring creek for the fact that you could practically jump across it in places, yet it is typically between knee and waist deep and holds some very large Brown Trout. It is located in an open valley with lots of wetlands that are full of birds and other wildlife.

Nelson Spring Creek

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Nelson spring creek is on the opposite side of the Yellowstone River from its sister Montana spring creeks: Armstrong and DePuy. Nelson's is the smallest of the spring creeks and arguably the most technical. The creek has more flat water and glides than the other creeks and also less volume. Only 8 anglers are permitted on the creek per day. Many local spring creek enthusiasts consider Nelson's their favorite spring creek.

Story Spring Creek

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Story Spring Creek is a small, spring fed tributary to East Gallatin River located in the heart of the Gallatin Valley. Views from the creek are spectacular with mountain views of the Bridgers, Madison Range, Hyalite Peaks, Horseshoe Hills, and Tobaco Roots in every direction. Trout over 20" prowl the depths of its large bend holes and hatches can be prolific in the spring and summer.