Intermittent snow squalls on DePuy’s Spring Creek yesterday brought an unexpected drop in barometric pressure pushing through the Paradise Valley, which turned on feeding activity. Yesterday morning we found fish rising to emerging midges on the flats below Eva’s cabin at Depuy’s. These fish were feeding just below the surface as evidenced by consistently strong dorsal and tail fin rise forms.
Looking forward to the weekend! In addition to warming temperatures on Friday, there are forecast periods of low barometric pressure on Saturday and Sunday with below average winds, which should herald improved fishing conditions under cloudy skies.
Yesterday morning’s fish were caught on a shallow nymph rig fished on the greasy flats below Eva’s hut while targeting rise forms: no weight added.
A dry-dropper midge rig will be your best bet when targeting spots and stalking surface feeding fish under gray skies with low pressure. Long leaders and cautious approaches and gentle presentation are required.
During periods of high and rising barometer (sunny skies), look to deep nymphing slow stable pools and seams that are a consistent producer during the winter season. A barbless streamer worked actively to structure can and will move large fish to the fly.
Midges 20-24 red grey black cream
Black and blood midge
Tungsten String Thing
Flashback String thing
Trash Can Midge
Recommended Dries – to suspend midge emerger
Harroup’s Hanging Midge #20-#22
Sprout Midge #20-#22
Griffiths gnat #20
Stubby Chubby #18
Recommended Streamers – lightly weighted in shallow water, heavily weighted in the pools.
Sparkle Minnow #10-12 Olive Black
Leach patterns #12-16 Olive Black
Skittish Smolt #10-12
The winter season is very much in full swing as we move toward March and the beginning of spring we can expect conditions to continue to improve both on the spring creeks and on the Yellowstone river proper with late winter/early spring midge and baetis hatches to come here in Paradise Valley.0