Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Spearfish Creek - Lead - 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 Midge Midday 20-24 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge
February Midge Midday 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
March Blue Wing Olives Afternoon 18-22 Blue Wing Olive, Pheasant Tail
April Blue Wing Olives, Caddis Afternoon 16-20 Elk Hair Caddis, Pheasant Tail
May Blue Wing Olives, Caddis Morning/Afternoon 14-18 Sparkle Pupa, Elk Hair Caddis
June Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes Morning/Evening 12-16 Yellow Sally, Green Drake
July Yellow Sallies, Caddis Morning/Evening 12-16 Yellow Sally, Elk Hair Caddis
August Terrestrials, Tricos Morning/Evening 16-20 Ant, Hopper
September Terrestrials, Blue Wing Olives Morning/Afternoon 16-20 Beetle, Blue Wing Olive
October Blue Wing Olives Afternoon 18-22 Blue Wing Olive, Pheasant Tail
November Midge Midday 20-24 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge
December Midge Midday 20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge

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

Spearfish Creek, located in Lead, South Dakota, is an exceptional spot known for its great fly fishing opportunities. Populated by rainbow and brown trout, this spot is a highlight for fly fishing enthusiasts. Here are some top spots to consider:

  • Canyon Mouth: At the mouth of the Spearfish Canyon, upstream from Spearfish City Park, you’ll find an excellent spot best for beginners due to its easily accessible location.
  • Crow Peak: This area is more secluded, offering serene surroundings, which are ideal for more experienced anglers seeking tranquility. The area is popular for its brown trout.
  • Hanna: Located near Hanna’s Campground, this spot is a hidden gem that’s less crowded. You’re likely to catch rainbow trout here.
  • Savoy: Around the Savoy Area, the creek widens, providing anglers with more space. Particularly, the area around Roughlock Falls has deep pools that shelter large brown trout.

Best Access Points

Spearfish Creek in Lead, South Dakota, is a haven for fly fishing enthusiasts. Several accessible points ensure a diverse and fulfilling fishing experience:

  • City Park: Located right in downtown Spearfish, offering excellent trout fishing.
  • Maurice Hydro Plant: Access from the south side of the creek just upstream from the hydro plant.
  • Hatchery Park: This park has a footbridge over the creek for easy access and offers great spots for fishing.
  • Spearfish Canyon: Features numerous pullouts for fishers to access the creek. The creek banks are publicly accessible throughout the canyon stretch.
  • Yates Area: At the intersection of Tinton Road or the Forest Service Road 134, provides access to the upper stretch of Spearfish Creek.

Remember, in any case, respecting local regulations and practicing catch-and-release ensure the sustainability of this wonderful fishery.

Local Fish

  • Trout – This is the most common type of fish targeted in Spearfish Creek. There are several different types of trout in the creek including Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout.
  • Yellow Perch – These fish are not as common as trout, but are still a popular target for fly fishers.
  • Northern Pike – Known for their aggressive behavior and strong fight, these fish provide a challenge for fly fishers.
  • Black Crappie – These fish can be found in slower moving parts of the creek and provide a fun fight for anglers.
  • White Sucker – Popular for fly fishers looking to catch larger fish, the white sucker can provide a nice challenge.
  • Common Carp – Although not native to the creek, carp have become a popular target for fly fishing due to their size and strength.
  • Walleye – Walleye can be found in areas of the creek with deeper water. They are a popular target for fly fishers due to their fight and taste.
  • Smallmouth Bass – While not as common as some other species, the creek does hold a population of Smallmouth Bass that provide an enjoyable fight.

About The River

Enjoy an educational journey through time and get to know the rich history of Spearfish Creek – Lead, an exceptional landmark. Native to the Black Hills of South Dakota, Spearfish Creek was the heartland for several Native American tribes. It also played a pivotal role during the gold rush in the late 1800s. Numerous miners settled in the Lead area, leading to the creation of the Homestake Mine, the largest and deepest gold mine in North America!

The stunning Spearfish Canyon, carved by the Spearfish Creek, is steeped in history and natural beauty. Once a railroad track, the canyon is now a picturesque highway that flaunts the grandeur of towering limestone cliffs and lush deciduous trees.

  • Historical significance as Native American Heartland
  • Crucial role in the Gold Rush
  • Home to the Homestake Mine
  • Creation of the breathtaking Spearfish Canyon

Learn about the past, and appreciate the narratives etched into the landscape of the Spearfish Creek – Lead.


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