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A nice cutbow buck from upper Armstrong's
Armstrong's Spring Creek

Seeing how tough the Yellowstone has been lately, we decided spending a day on Armstrong’s would be a nice change of pace.  Unbelievably, there was no wind and decent cloud cover in the afternoon.  The air temp was around 22°F however, so we had to deal with a fair amount of ice build up on our guides.  Surprisingly we didn’t any fish rising and saw nothing in terms of hatches, not even a single midge!  We fished streamers for most of the day, getting a few tugs here and there but ended up landing only one fish on a streamer.  We found our normal good “summer” spots were practically vacant of fish, and it quickly became clear to us that most of the larger trout were on or near redds.  We left them alone to do their thing and instead fished the faster, deeper runs with nymphs.  If you head out to one of the creeks bring some size #16-18 olive/grey scuds, #18-20 midge larva, and yes – egg patterns.   Stop by the shop or give us a call and we can get you dialed in on what to use and where the better runs are.  As always, be careful not to step on the redds…