It's autumn in the Black Hills. Fishing...for all intents and purposes...is unbelievable. There ins't really a lot else to say about it. Here is what we know:
How do you want to catch fish? Dries? terrestrials? Nymphs? All we can say is YES to everything. You can do it all right now. Bring two rods and try multiple approaches for maximum fish-catching power!
Rivers, creeks, streams, lakes, puddles...they all have fish ready to eat. Of course, you should check out Spearfish Creek first, but the other areas around the northern hills offer a lot of options. Iron Creek lake has BIG rainbows. Use a black bugger and fish it slow. Mirror lakes are fun to fish, as is Coxes Lake northwest of town. Try crow creek in the evening for some clear water dry fly fun. Slow and steady wins this race. Spooky fish and a lot of vegetation, but it will give you a challenge if you're up for it.
The fish in Rapid Creek, right in Rapid City, are a bit kamikaze right now. The flows have been high all season and they are eating without hesitation. The best part is that fish are looking up! Crane flies, hoppers, ants and beetles will catch many, many, many fish. Just keep them a bit smaller for more success. Don't even worry about a dropper (unless you want to of course). Just bring another rod with some nymphs for the deeper holes. Any of your favorite black hills patterns in sizes 14-18 will work well.
Everything is fishing very well right now. The biggest challenge is finding the time to get out. Let us know if we can show you around and offer some helpful tips. Our guides are great at what they do. Thanks for supporting Spearfish Creek Fly Shop!