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MartinlfAugust 12th, 2021, 12:17 pm
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Palmyra PA

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I’d planned on fishing the East Gallatin the afternoon of my arrival, but it was on “hoot owl” restrictions, and could only be fished in the morning up until 2:00 p.m., so I headed to Livingston from the Bozeman airport. Stopping in at George Anderson’s Yellowstone Angler, I talked with an employee who recommended Mill Creek, in the Paradise Valley. He recommended checking a section at mile marker 7, and described an irrigation diverter to look for. It took about half an hour to get to Mill Creek, but luckily, it was near my next destination, Nelson’s Spring Creek. After crossing Mill Creek, the road began to climb. What a gorgeous stream! Hugging a mountainside, it tumbles down over big rocks and boulders. It’s loaded with cutthroat and cutbows, and they are willing to come to a dry fly or a nymph. I caught many smaller fish, but some in the 12-14” range, and I lost a bigger fish to a bad knot. Nobody was fishing this stream, perhaps more focused on better known waters, but I’d fish it again anytime.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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