Fort Smith
6:04am8:30pm MDT

Bighorn River conditons as of July 3,2020. Flows are currently at 3950CFS but stable. Quite a few increases last week which really made fishing rather tough. Water temps remain in the lower 40’s and the Rainbow spawn is coming to an end. Still nymph fishing has been fair to good depending upon the weather mostly as cool fronts move through our area. Favorite patterns have been Firebead Soft Hackle Ray Charles in Tan and Gray, sizes 14,16. Favorite trailer has been Beadhead Thread Midge Larvae in Black, Red or Cream. Also use either Skinny Nelsons or Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymphs as Baetis nymphs. All trailers in sizes 18-20. Hopper season is just around the corner as they are getting a bit bigger by the day. I predict the last two weeks of July through the first two weeks of September are going to be phenomenal Hopper fishing! Both streamer fishing and dry fly fishing have been marginal at best.