Weather Forecast

Winter Weather Advisory

2:53 PM MST on January 20, 2019
11:00 PM MST on January 21, 2019
40° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy

Bighorn River — Flows still remain steady this week and as of Monday were at 9,487 cfs. The water temp is still increasing as they release warmer water through the spillway and stands at 65.4 degrees. The reservoir is 6.8 feet into the flood pool. Inflows into Yellowtail Reservoir have dropped dramatically and lake levels are finally beginning to drop. Water turbidity is improving with clarity at 2-3 feet. We are still seeing some significant black caddis hatches on the river during the afternoons and evenings as well as a very good trico hatch during the early mornings. Dry fly fishing has been most productive. The best patterns, though, have been black ant imitations. Try Mr. Bill’s Black Flying Ant or a Bloom’s Black Parachute Ant (12-14). Trico fishing has been productive from roughly 6 a.m. till the spinner fall about 8 a.m. Spinner size is 18-20. 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. White Zonkers with pearl or silver bodies and either white or ghost Cousin It’s are the top patterns. — Bighorn Fly and Tackle Shop, Fort Smith.