What's new with oh-so-fabled spring creeks in Livingston? Three creeks have been publicized for years and numerous articles have been written. In that regard, there's nothing especially new from my part as I don't want to be redundant either. However, I'd like to emphasize fishing these creeks is always great experience. That can't be redundant. I will repeat any time! Creeks require rod-fee per angler with limited numbers of anglers per day. In my personal opinion, you are buying a "Montana Package Trip for the day". Those ranching families have been thriving for generations on their lands since 19th Century frontier era. Driving only several miles and minutes south from the town of Livingston, suddenly you are secluded in a traditional real working Montana ranch with cows and horses (well, Livingston itself also remains a 19th Century Cowboy town, which you will find comfortable and hospitable). Greet family who are very friendly and hospitable.
|Sign at Nelson's driveway|
|At O'Hair Ranch (along Armstrong's). She was taking a nap on the grass. Sorry that I woke her up....|
When I decided to change a course of my life and tried to be a fly-fishing guide in Livingston, little did I know I would be this much interested and involved in guiding and fishing spring creeks. I had thought creeks would simply be one of those trip destinations....... The more I visit (fishing myself or guiding clients), the more I'd like to introduce these great places to many other anglers. I even became a writer/columnist to share my experience and insight at spring creeks with others.
Let's discuss fishing there. Yet discussing list of insects or famous PMD hatch is not the purpose of this page. What I want to mention in a big picture of spring creek fishing is: "Spring Creek is the classroom of fly-fishing". That's the first mantra that I learned from my guide mentor Montana's Master Angler - Tom Travis, who is the superb, extra-ordinary, and highly acclaimed outfitter in the area.
|"Guide Field Day" with Tom - at DePuy's|
|Thawing my feet!! - Angler's Hut at DePuy's|
I have fished 12 months of the year at creeks. It's too long to describe each month is this page. So are hatch chart and list of aquatic food sources. Best source available for you at a glance is written by my guide mentor Tom on DePuy's website (click here). Also feel free to ask me when you decide the date(s) to visit. Bottom-line is creeks are open year around and will never get frozen even in the middle of winter. Each month has its own taste and fishing scenario. Perhaps the most famous and popular time is PMD hatches from late June to early July. Then again, as mentioned above already, summer days in Montana are long and beautiful. You can visit creeks as early as you like (if it's too early, paying rod-fee on the day before may be advised) and stay as late as you want. For fishing on summer days, another best source is also written by Tom on DePuy's website (click here). My personal favorite time is late October = glorious fall. But also, I do visit creeks in the middle of winter (December, January, and February) when I develop some cabin fever. Then I'd like to be at creeks in spring when winter finally loosens its grip and a new season is about to begin. Well, just as I said, I'd like to be at creeks every month of the year!!
|Some of the BEST Rainbow caught in January 2013 - DePuy's|
|PMD Spinner Evening!! - DePuy's|
|See how dark I stay with clients under an evening shower!|
|A MUST-have Gizmo!!|
I will see you in Paradise Valley!!
|Grass grows tall & green in summer - DePuy's|
DePuy Spring Creek (Smith Family) www.depuyspringcreek.com
Nelson's Spring Creek (Nelson's Spring Creek Ranch) www.nelsonsspringcreek.com
Spring Creek Specialists (Buzz's Fly Shop along DePuy's) www.springcreekspecialists.com