Fort Smith
Mostly Cloudy
5:53am8:23pm MDT

River flows this week were raised from 3250 cfs to 3500 cfs in anticipation of the start of spring runoff. Water clarity is very good with most spots 6-8 feet in visibility before Soap Creek enters the river. After Soap Creek just stay river left and you will be able to fish all the way down to Bighorn Access. Water temps are still very cold with readings in the 34-36 degree area. Fishing has been fair but not great. Trout are very lethargic. Little dry fly action (Few midges and Baetis). The fish that are being caught have been on what you would expect this time of the season. Large San Juan worms (Red or Orange in sizes 8) trailed by large scuds or sowbugs. Scuds in Dark Orange or Bighorn Orange sizes 12-14 and Sowbugs in the Soft Hackle pattern, colors Pink or Tan in sizes 12-14 as well. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks both water and air temps will be increasing ushering in better fishing.