On Friday we guided on Armstrong’s spring creek. The predicted overcast and rainy was typical Montana weather, by that we mean completely opposite. It was a bit tough, as the hatch never got really going, but we managed to catch several nice rainbows on the nymphs.
Our only real option was to nymph based on the conditions. We concentrated on deeper holes and the tailouts of pools with very small indicators and baetis and midge patterns dropped about 2.5 – 3 feet below.
Weather & Water Conditions:
Fifty-five degrees, bright sun & a 10-15 mph west wind. The water was gin clear, as always and low as the weed growth hasn’t started too strongly yet.
Light midge hatch throughout the day and light baetis hatch around 2pm.
Our best nymph was a Micro-Mayfly Baetis sz 20 and Brown-Olive Surface Emerger size 20-22. The best midges were BH Zebra Midge & Miracle Midge both in sz 20.