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Bighorn River conditions as of June 23, 2017

Flows have been stable this week and as of Monday were at 8989.7 cfs. The water temp has warmed slightly and is at 60.4 degrees. The reservoir is 6.0 feet from full pool. Water turbidity is fair with 1-2 feet of clarity, but still quite fishable. Finally some good news on dry fly fishing, we are seeing some significant black caddis hatches occurring on the river. Best patterns though have been black ant imitations. Try Mr Bill’s Black Flying Ant or a Black Hi-Vis Parachute ant in sizes 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 best. 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 as of June 16, 2017

Flows were dropped dramatically last week and are currently at 9047.5 cfs. Water temp remain high for this time of the year at 59.4. Water clarity is less than last week and is about 15-18″. Soap Creek is no longer an issue 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. Be careful on the take outs and have a good trip!

Bighorn river conditions as of June 8, 2017

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!

Flows remain steady at 14,065 cfs.  Water temp has increased to 53.1 degrees. Water clarity is about the same as last week and is good for 3-4 feet.  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 as of May 22,2017

Current flows are 14,043 cfs. An increase of 1000 cfs since last week. Water temp has increased to 52.4 degrees. Water clarity has gone down a bit and is good for 3-4 feet. Still a large amount of snow remains in our drainages, from 145 to 215% above normal. 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 as of May 16, 2017

Current flows remain steady at 13005 CFS, water temp has increased to 51.6 degrees. Water clarity has improved significantly from last week. Snowpack levels in the Bighorn and Wind River drainages remain at 145-190% above normal and we have a low weather system moving in the next couple of days that is going to drop another 18-24″ of snow. 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 as of May 8, 2017

Current flows are 13045 CFS, water temp 46.6 degrees. Snowpack levels in the Bighorn and Wind River drainages are still at 145-190% above normal. The trout remain stacked up in any space there is slack water. Back channels, along the bank and any inside corners. The biggest change from last week has been the shiner minnow impact. 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 as of May 2, 2017

Shortly after I took this video the BOR again raised the flows another 500cfs. So current flows are 13045 CFS, water temp 46.6 degrees. Snowpack levels in the Bighorn and Wind River drainages are still at 145-190% above normal. With the high temps forecast for this weekend we should see runoff increase dramatically into the reservoirs. Hopefully they have been lowered sufficiently to keep the impact to a minimum. The trout remain stacked up in any space there is slack water. Back channels, along the bank and any inside corners. The biggest change from last week has been the shiner minnow impact. 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 as of April 22nd, 2017

Current flows are 11448 CFS, water temp 44.6 degrees. Snowpack levels in the Bighorn and Wind River drainages remains at 145-190% above normal. The flows were bumped again by another 1000cfs last week. The BOR has been working with the Bighorn River Alliance to evacuate much needed storage space in Yellowtail Reservoir.

The trout are stacked up in any space there is slack water. Back channels, along the bank and any inside corners. Fishing has been excellent-nymphing only. Best success has been using Ultrachenille 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. Be careful on the take outs and have a good trip!

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