Flows were dropped three times last week in 500 cfs increments and are now at 12605 cfs. Perhaps we have seen peak water flows for 2017! Water temp has increased dramatically to 58.3 degrees. Water clarity is about the same as last week and is good for 3-4 feet. Soap Creek is no longer a matter but the reservoir is just quite turbid due to the influx of all the cloudy water. Fly patterns are still the same as last week and will probably remain the same as long as the high water lasts. The trout remain stacked up in any space there is slack water. Back channels, along the bank and any inside corners. Right now a huge number of shiner minnows have been getting flushed into the river from the reservoir and the trout are feeding very heavy on them. Streamer fishing has been spectacular. White Zonkers, White Cousin It’s or any other white streamers have been working great! Nymph fishing is still excellent as well. Best success has been using Wire San Juan Worms, colors red or Fl Orange sizes 6-8 trailed by any crustacean pattern. Try a Bighorn Orange Scud, Firebead Ray Charles or Soft Hackled Sowbugs in colors of Pink or tan. Larger sizes 14-16 work the best. I would recommend that only those people with lots of rowing experience to be on the river with these huge flows. No room for mistakes. Be careful on the take outs and have a good trip!
- 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