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Bighorn River Information

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The Bighorn River is a legendary blue ribbon fishery offering accessible year-round fly fishing. Whether you are floating or fishing from the bank, this tailwater river offers some of Montana’s finest Rainbow and Brown Trout fishing in the world.

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Current Bighorn River flow information from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). View Bighorn River gage and CFS flows near St Xavier, Montana – the closest monitor near popular floats such as Afterbay to 3-mile Island, and Bighorn Access.

trout in the water

View the latest Bighorn River fishing reports, water temperature, water clarity, hatch information, fishing expectations and current fly patterns. Our fishing reports are typically filmed on video by our owner, Duane and his two black labs (Bridger & Winston).

River Iinformation

bighorn river midday

The Bighorn River is a legendary blue ribbon fishery offering accessible year-round fly fishing. Whether you are floating or fishing from the bank, this tailwater river offers some of Montana’s finest Rainbow and Brown Trout fishing in the world.

bighorn river flowing

Current Bighorn River flow information from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). View Bighorn River gage and CFS flows near St Xavier, Montana – the closest monitor near popular floats such as Afterbay to 3-mile Island, and Bighorn Access.

trout in the water

View the latest Bighorn River fishing reports, water temperature, water clarity, hatch information, fishing expectations and current fly patterns. Our fishing reports are typically filmed on video by our owner, Duane and his two black labs (Bridger & Winston).

 

Bighorn River Fishing Conditions

The past few years, this is generally the time of year where we experience the end of the Brown Trout spawn and start the transition into winter midges, some classic streamer fishing and always the bountiful crustaceans. Thanks to the cold water temps and low flows this Summer, the river is in the best shape we have seen in years! Sure, there’s a bit of grass around on the lower river, but not enough to hinder your fish catching abilities. The crowds of anglers are minimal. Plenty of healthy fish eating well out here right now!

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Bighorn River Flow at St Xavier

USGS Data

  • Streamflow: 2490 ft³/s
  • Gage height: 59.97 ft
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USGS

Bighorn Fly Du Jour

Below is a listing of our recommended fly patterns for the current season. Throughout the year we update the menu below to include the hottest seasonal flies being used to catch large Bighorn River trout. Need flies? We stock over 150,000 flies in our shop. Come on in and we’ll take care of you.

  • JIG FRENCHIE - PHEASANT TAIL (PT) Size #16
  • FOJAY'S UV EDDIE VEDDER Size #14-18

    Rainbow dub, olive and pink

  • JIG CDC FLASHBACK - PT Size #14-16

    Hot Orange Beads have been the best.

  • GLASS BEAD MIDGES Size #18-20

    Black,. red, olive. You name it. The trout love them. Trail these behind any of the larger nymphs above.

  • SAN JUAN WORMS Size #4-8

    Blood red or beaded-two tone w/ tan. Always a proverbial favorite during the winter season.

  • PHEASANT TAILS NYMPHS (PT) Size #16-18

    Small, beadhead, tungsten weighted. Natural or Olive

  • STREAMER GAME Size #4-8

    Darker colored streamers in black and olive should turn a few trout.

Bighorn Fishing Report Videos