Fishing Report

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Spearfish Creek: Running about 140 cfs right now, but it will come back down to normal flows soon. Get your nymph rigs out to hit seams, pockets, and edges, but have your dry fly gear ready just in case you can catch a caddis hatch or see other terrestrials around. Try a big hippy stomper at every hole you fish to make sure there aren't fish looking up. Drop a tung teaser behind it to catch those fish holding in the middle of the...

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Mother Nature has turned up the heat in South Dakota! Luckily for us (and the fish), the full creeks and reservoirs offer a bit of respite from the heat and humidity.

Spearfish Creek: Unlike the rest of the hills, Spearfish Creek is about normal for this time of year. This means you do not have to fight the current and slap the water with tons of weight. Light tippets and small flies will produce the best results. Pheasant...

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Fishing in the Black Hills is starting to get back to normal. Stream flows, for the most part, are dropping to more manageable levels throughout the hills, although Rapid Creek is still high (and unfishable) in most areas. Fishing within Rapid City is confined to slower stretches where you'll need to get down a bit deeper to find success. Don't mess with nymphs right now, just chuck streamers. You'll catch fish and won't have to worry as...

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High water throughout the hills has left much of Rapid Creek unfishable. Dryer conditions over the past several days has opened up opportunities in other streams and creeks. High water is a great time to try out big nymphs and streamers. San Juan Worms, bitch creek, jig PT's/hares ear (with a hot spot), tung teasers, and large midge larva should work well. You may find a few sections where fish are looking up. They'll likely be taking...

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