America's 100 Best Trout Streams
by John Ross (Falcon Guides)
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For surroundings Nelson's is hard to beat - the Absorokas in the background and (unlike Ohair's on the west side of the Yellowstone) far away from the road. Fishing usually requires delicate presentations and tiny flies, although the topmost stretch can be fished with dead-drifted nymphs, and you can occasionally pull out a big brown with a streamer (purple works well). Be prepared for refusals and, more often, big cruisers' simply ignoring your dry, even when you match the hatch perfectly. I've always done better on top in the morning and early afternoon; start as early as you can. There are midge hatches year-round and if you get decent weather in November or March you can have the creek to yourself. In my book this is one of the top flyfishing venues in the world. By the way, the Nelsons have a three-unit motel-type accomodations right on the ranch, as peaceful a place to stay as you'll find in the busy Paradise Valley.
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