Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Return of Spring Creek

Just returned from a wet day of guiding on Spring Creek below Sheridan Lake. We had a great morning despite the downpour. A family of four from Chicago had their first ever fly fishing outing, and the trout were readily taking their (well guided) offerings.

Our clients used Red Fox Squirrel Nymphs, Barr's Tungteasers, and Bead Head Mini Leeches. These patterns worked quite well. Browns and rainbows were easily found in the pools and runs along the bridges on Sheridan Lake Road.

A few Blue Winged Olives were hatching but the fish didn't take to the top.

At any rate, it was great to see Spring Creek fishing so well. The recent drought impacted the stretch below Sheridan Lake severely. For now things are on the up and up. The fish are healthy and make a good pull on the end of the line.

I look forward to the trico hatches in a month or so, or the little yellow stoneflies in a week or two. It is awesome to have this stretch of stream back.


Anonymous said...

The original Tungteaser pattern originated by John Barr uses a gold bead. Is that what you used on your pattern? Do Black Hills trout readily take patterns with gold beads? Just curious...

Hans Stephenson said...

We are using the gold bead version. Gold beads work well in the Hills, however we do find that they don't work as well on pressured fish. The fish below Pactola Reservoir on Rapid Creek tend to avoid gold beadheads.