Rapid Creek Brown Trout Black Hills Fly Fishing

Black Hills Fishing Report 7/3/12

Black Hills Fishing Report 7/3/12

Hot Patterns:


Yellow Stimulator, Snowshoe Sally, Foam Beetle, CDC PMD Thorax Dun, Elk Hair Caddis, Organza Trico Spinner, Adams, Upright Callibaetis Spinner


Hot Bead Crystal Buggers, White Sculpzilla, Natural Sculpzilla, Mini Leeches


Tungsten PMD Split Case Nymph, Tungsten BWO Split Case Nymph, Tungsten Psycho Nymph, Bubble Back Midge, Barr's Tung-Teaser

Fishing Overview:

Weather pattern remains much the same. Fishing continues to be good on Rapid, Spearfish, and Castle Creeks.

Hatches of Tricos, Caddis, Little Yellow Stones, Sulphurs, and Pale Morning Duns are bringing fish up to the top. Terrestrials (mainly ants and beetles) are working great. Cricket patterns have worked as well. Hoppers are just about to turn on.

Rapid Creek (Central Black Hills):

Good fishing below the dam through town. Fishing is decent above Pactola Reservoir at Silver City. Tan Caddis and Tricos are hatching in town. Pale Morning Duns are hatching below Pactola Reservoir. Fish are looking up. Nymphing is steady, fish baetis and PMD nymph patterns. Get out between 6:00 and 9:00 am for the trico action.

Castle Creek (Central Black Hills):

Fishing well below Deerfield Dam. Yellow Stoneflies, BWOs, and Caddis are hatching.

Spearfish Creek (Northern Black Hills):

Hatches of Caddis, Small BWOs, Little Stones, and Midges at mid-day. Good nymphing in the canyon and in town. Ant and beetle pattens are working well. Little Spearfish Creek should be fishing well with dry dropper rigs.

Spring Creek (Central Black Hills):

Water is warming on Spring Creek. Might be a good idea to give this one a rest.

Box Elder Creek (Northern Black Hills):

Water is warming on Spring Creek. Might be a good idea to give this one a rest too.

Sand Creek (Northern Black Hills):

Little Yellow Stoneflies and Caddis. Great dry fly fishing and nymphing with little yellow stonefly patterns.

Custer State Park (Southern Black Hills):

Fish the callibaetis hatch on Sylvan and Center Lakes. Fish early on the Grace Coolidge Walk-in area.

Deerfield Lake (Central Black Hills):

No recent reports.

Sheridan Lake:

No recent reports.

Pactola Lake:

Good bluegill bite in the coves. Bass on the points. Crappies on the drop offs.

That's a wrap. Be sure to call us with any questions regarding guiding or fishing!

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