If you are a fly fisher, you probably have had a gradual development of your skills. As you developed, you tackled tougher conditions. Perhaps you started out fishing dry flies on mountains streams filled with ravenous brook trout; or maybe you started out fishing nymphs with strike indicators in large rivers such as the Bighorn or Yellowstone.
Nymph fishing in a large stream is a challenge, but not an insurmountable one. With a little bit of help and advice, you can master the intricacies of casting two flies, a split shot and strike indicator. It takes a little bit of coaching to master a drag-free float and to recognize subtle strikes, but, again, the challenges can be overcome.
Dry fly fishing on a small mountain stream is a lot of fun. If you can make a 15-foot cast without tangling in the willows, and make sure that the trout did actually take the fly before you set the hook, you will do well. Small stream trout are usually very kind to fly fishers.
I know I have felt very confident fishing dry flies and nymphs on the Bighorn River and the streams flowing out of the Bighorn Mountains. However, I have little confidence when it comes to fishing spring creeks. My particular nemesis is DePuy Spring Creek, which is just a few miles south of Livingston, Montana.
DePuy is a classic spring creek with exceptionally clear water that is cluttered with a variety of rooted aquatic plants; most notably water buttercup, elodea and widgeon grass. As the creek flows through the plants they sway to and fro and cause various micro currents. There…
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