Cleopatra Creek running dirty at the confluence with Spearfish Creek.Spearfish Creek has been fishing incredibly well! We were up on Sunday and fished in the catch and release area and caught a lot of fish, and some really nice ones at that! Cleopatra Creek in the picture above was running a little dirty, but the fish didn't seem to mind. All the normal runs had fish in them, as well as just about every pocket and slot on the side of the fast water. Fishing the quicker stuff is a nice change of pace, and I've found the fish to be less selective when you're fishing there. We caught fish both Tenkara fishing and Czech Nymphing, and being close to the bottom was key. Some of the best patterns were Jig Assassins, Jig Soft Spots, and Skinny Jigs in 14-16. The fish didn't get too selective, but if they do, try a Green Weenie or Split Back Baetis as a dropper pattern. We caught some fish on 5x, but 6x definitely gets you a few more fish. Fishing in town has been great as well, with many of the same flies working. Jigs are the way to go in Spearfish most of the time, in sizes 12-16. The fish have definitely moved in to the little faster water, so don't be afraid to fish just about everything! Sand Creek and Crow Creek have both been seeing good hatches of Blue Winged Olives, as well as a smattering of midges and Little Black Stones. The fish on these two creeks generally aren't super selective about the particular pattern, but they are picky about presentation! Be stealthy, wade slow, and be conscious of where your shadow is. Good bets in the fly department are Students, Parachute Adams, Comparaduns, and F- Flies in sizes 16-22 depending on how picky the fish are on any given day. Nymphing with the same patterns as Rapid Creek will get the job done, and don't be afraid to use pretty bright orange and pink nymphs!
Nice Canyon Brown!Castle Creek both below and above Deerfield has been fishing very well. The fish are starting to run out of the lake, and there's no shortage of them at all. Nymphing is your best bet for these fish - Jig Soft Spots, Tungsten Rainbow Czechs, Tung Teasers, North Fork Specials, and Hot Spot Pheasant Tails are all good flies for Castle both above and below the dam. If you're below the lake, there has been a good Blue Winged Olive hatch as well. There's been some really nice brookies around in Castle below the dam lately, and they're more than willing to come to the surface. Spring Creek has been fishing great also, but the water has come down a bit and the fish are getting a touch pickier. Bring your smaller flies, and be patient with your drifts - there's a lot of fish in the painfully slow water. They have been rising pretty consistently to midges most days, and on the overcast days there are a lot of BWO's around. Good nymphs to have are Tung Teasers, North Fork Specials, Two Bit Hookers, Tungsten Rainbow Czechs, and Green Weenies. Streamer fishing can bring out some of the bigger browns in the creek, and it's been pretty good - Lil' Kims and Kreelexes have been great bets! Fishing has been great! Stop by the shop and pick up a few flies, get the latest fishing scoop, or book one of our expert Black Hills Fly Fishing guides! Ryan