Flows were increased last week by 500 cfs and as of Monday were at 9485 cfs. The water temp is still warmer than usual for this time of the year due to warmer water in the reservoir coming over the spillway and stands at 61.0 degrees. The reservoir is 1.5 feet from full pool. Water turbidity is fair with 1-2 feet of clarity, but still quite fishable. We are still seeing some significant black caddis hatches on the river as well as some tricos . Dry fly fishing has been most productive. Best patterns, though, have been black ant imitations. Try Mr. Bill’s Black Flying Ant or a Bloom’s Black Parachute Ant (12-14). Nymphing has been fair but streamer fishing remains solid. Patterns have changed slightly even though most are still crustacean patterns. Bighorn Scuds in either orange or pink (12-16) trailed with a beadhead Midge Larvae in red or black (16-18) have been producing. Streamer fishing has remained good as emerald shiner minnows are still being washed over the spillway into the river. White Zonkers with pearl or silver bodies and either white or ghost Cousin It’s are the top patterns.
- Bighorn river conditions and fishing report as of April 16, 2018
- Bighorn River Conditions and Fishing report as of April 6, 2018. Bighorn Fly and Tackle Shop
- Bighorn River conditions and Fishing report for March 29th, 2018
- Bighorn River conditions as of 8/12,2017
- Bighorn River Conditions as of July 24, 2017