Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Castle Creek - Above Deerfield - South Dakota

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Morning and late afternoon 20 - 26 Griffith's Gnat
Blue Winged Olives Late Afternoon 20 - 24 Rusty Spinner
Stoneflies All Day 8 - 14 Golden Stone
February Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18 - 24 Pheasant Tail Nymph
Midges Afternoon 20 - 24 Black Beauty
March Midges All Day 20 - 24 Zebra Midge
Stoneflies All Day 8 - 14 Coachman
April Caddis All Day 16 - 20 Pupae Patterns
Midges All Day 16 - 22 Disco Midge
Blue Winged Olives All Day 18 - 22 Blue Dun
May Caddis All Day 14 - 20 X-Caddis
Mayflies All Day 14 - 20 Perdigon
Stoneflies All Day 6 - 14 Black Fur Ant
June Sulphurs All Day 16 - 20 Ginger Quill
Caddis Late afternoon 14 - 18 Elk Hair Caddis
Green Drakes All Day 10 - 14 Mayfly Dun
July Terrestrials All Day 10 - 16 Hopper Patterns
August Terrestrials All Day 10 - 16 Chernobyl Ant
Tricos Morning 20 - 24 Grey Sparkle Dun
September Terrestrials All Day 10 - 16 Beatle Patterns
Blue Winged Olives All Day 18 - 24 Tiny Blue Winged Olive
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 14 - 20 Baetis Parachute
November Midges Morning 20 - 24 Al's Rat
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18 - 24 LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa
December Midges All Day 20 - 24 Blood Midge Pupa
Winter Stoneflies Afternoon 16 - 22 Winter Stone

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Castle Creek, located above Deerfield, is renowned for its scenic beauty and excellent fly fishing spots. Some of the best spots that offer an enriching fishing experience include:
  • Lake Bend: This is known for its deep, serene waters which are ideal for fly fishing. The trout species found here are particularly enticing for any fisherman.
  • Cascade Falls: This spot is popular not just for fishing but also for its sheer beauty. The fish available here are also quite diverse.
  • Eagle Eye Bridge: For those who enjoy a bit of adventure, this fishing spot is perfect. Overlooking the Castle Creek Gorge, it is a great spot for catching larger species.
  • Whispering Willows: This stretch of crystal clear waters, surrounded by willow trees, is an excellent spot for a quiet, peaceful fly fishing experience.
In addition to these, there are numerous undiscovered spots along the creek bank that offer a thrilling fishing experience filled with surprises for the adventurous angler.

Best Access Points

Fly fishing at Castle Creek – Above Deerfield is an exceptional experience due to its fantastic landscape and lush fishing opportunities.

Best Access Points:
  • The Northern Intersection: This is the area where Castle Creek intersects with the main road. It’s easily accessible and abundant in trout.
  • The Dam Base: Fly fishing near the dam base is a popular choice due to the higher fish concentration in this area.
  • River Trail: A trail leading to the creek offers many access points. These places are usually less crowded, enhancing the fishing experience.
  • Three Forks Area: The confluence of the creek’s three tributaries offers a unique fishing opportunity with diverse catch options.

Remember to check the local fishing regulations since restrictions may apply in some areas.

Local Fish

  • Brook Trout: Brook Trout is a popular fish targeted by anglers in Castle Creek, especially above Deerfield.
  • Mountain Whitefish: These silvery fish are common in the clear, cold waters of Castle Creek.
  • Brown Trout: The elusive Brown Trout is another prize for fly fishermen in the area.
  • Rainbow Trout: Castle Creek is well-known for its Rainbow Trout population, making them a popular target for fly fishing.
  • Yellow Perch: Yellow Perch are often found in the deeper parts of Castle Creek.
  • White Sturgeon: The iconic white sturgeons are targeted by fly fishermen for their size and fight.
  • Northern Pike: Northern Pike are a local species often found in Castle Creek, providing a challenging catch.
  • Walleye: Castle Creek is also home to a healthy population of Walleye, a big draw for local fly fishermen.

About The River

Tucked into the beautiful landscapes of South Dakota, Castle Creek – Above Deerfield brims with rich history and captivating charm. Steeped in the wilderness, this scenic creek pays testament to the untouched beauty of nature.

Originating from the remarkable Black Hills, Castle Creek carved out its path over centuries through the thick woods and rocky terrain. Venture into the past, and you’ve got miners fueling the renowned Black Hills Gold Rush in the late 1800s along the creeky banks.

  • Pioneers once used the creek as a water source while exploring the wild and uncharted Dakota territories.
  • The ts land hosts an array of wildlife, from sly foxes to soaring eagles, making it an eco-friendly retreat.
  • A prized location for fly fishing, celebrating a natural balance of sombre serenity and vivacious adventure.

Today, Castle Creek – Above Deerfield stands as a living testament to this vivid history, a place teeming with stories awaiting discovery!


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