It's quite an operation!!
So fishing. There were some insect activities but not much apparent surface feeding of trout. My first choice was to fish with "spring creek streamers". Wanted big ones? Maybe......but it was rather to observe & test trout response and density. I had one big bite!!, which snapped off tippet.......likely story....... As I fished down-stream of Benhart, I fished back & up with my perfected spring creek nymphing methods. My first respectable fish was very very feisty Rainbow!!
This is not conceit to say that I knew my spring creek patterns, that I have developed based on my countless days at Livingston creeks, will work. During the orientation we did kick-seining and saw Cranfly larva. I was positive trout in this place had never seen my patterns!!
Of course, pump 'em!! Hmmmmm, just usual suspects.
So I was also positive my Bead, Pheasant, & Copper had to work!!
At a certain spot, I started to observe more midge larvae.
This was also quite a hefty one!!
By then my BPC was totally ruined!!
So I might as well tried my own Chewy Midge Larva before I head home.
BINGO!! The Best one of the day took another original pattern of mine without any doubt!!
Probably for most of visiting anglers to Southwest Montana, Bozeman & Livingston sound and look like one single area (well, there are lots of differences actually). So for your future trips, consider MZ- Ranch as one of your options!