Fly Fishing Duck Creek:
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Duck Creek is primarily a meadow stream that flows from Yellowstone National
Park about 7 or 8 miles north of the town of West Yellowstone. The main tributary
of Duck Creek is Maple Creek. This can get a little confusing because Maple
Creek is also called Cougar Creek. It crosses highway #191 just north of West
Yellowstone, Montana.

Tributary Streams:
Campanula , Gneiss Creek, Richards and Cougar Creek are all small tributary
streams to Duck Creek. Although all of these small tributary streams have
populations of trout, Duck Creek usually offers better fishing and are usually
completely void of other anglers.

You can access Duck Creek by taking highway #191 north from the town of West
Yellowstone and then taking the Duck Creek Road. The road will lead you to the
park boundary and Duck Creek.

Stream Description:
These are willow tree lined and grass bank streams with mostly slow moving,
smooth flowing water. Presentation is important in the smooth water and the
trout are not pushovers but they are plentiful.

The brook trout are usually fairly easy to catch and some larger size ones are in
the stream. In the late summer months, terrestrial insects work great. The banks
of the stream is lined with high grass and there are huge numbers of grass
hoppers. Both the brown trout and the brook trout have a feast during a windy day.

Travel in the area is restricted by the Bear Management Plan. Be sure to check
the current plan restrictions before traveling into the park in this area. Many of the
small streams in this area are enclosed with thick stands of willow trees. Under
these conditions, both moose and bears can be close to you without your being
able to see them. We usually make plenty of noise to let them know we are there.

Smaller brown and brook trout are its resident fish but spawning fish out of
Hebgen Lake migrate into the stream during the Fall months. Much larger trout
can usually be found in Duck Creek at that time of the year.

These streams are rarely fished by anyone other than the locals. They are
sleepers in our opinion. At the right time of the season they can produce plenty of
larger size fish. These beautiful scenes were taken not far from highway #191 not
far inside the park boundary..

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
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A Bull Elk : This section of the park isn't
inhibited by humans very often. We are told
that it is common to see wild animals that
are not used to people. Unlike many of the
elk inside the park, this one ran as soon as
he noticed us, yet we were zoomed in at a fell
16 power for this shot.
A Brown Trout: This one was hooked during
the Fall migration of fish out of Hebgen Lake
that move upstream in the tributary streams
and the Madison River.
We think Duck Creek is a great
place to fish during the Fall when
the brown trout are moving out of
Hebgen to spawn.  So far, this is the
only time of the year we have fished
the stream.

The creek is easy to reach, yet we
are told that few people fish it other
than a few local residents that live
nearby. It is a beautiful meadow
stream that few people take the
opportunity to visit, much less fish.