Paradise Valley Spring Creeks

The browns are in full spawning mode on the creeks right now, which means it’s actually difficult to find a fish that’s not on a redd.  I only saw a handful of risers, all of which were dinks and too young to participate in the spawning ritual.  Seemed like every 16-20 inch fish in DePuy’s wanted to be on or around gravel, chasing each other around, digging beds, laying eggs, spilling milt, eating eggs, completely ignoring the few blue wings that floated by.  It was actually a pretty cool process to witness.  If you choose to fish the creeks this time of year, it’s important to avoid stepping on the redds.  Fish below them in the “staging areas” with thick tippet so you can play fish quickly and get them back in the game…

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