Fort Smith
5:25am9:03pm MDT

Bighorn River flows are currently at 2500 CFS, with a water temp of 45 degrees. Water clarity is excellent with 8-10 feet visibility. Very little grass accumulation and literally no floating grass. Dry fly fishing has been challenging with the wind but get out of the wind and there are hatches happening. Best producing nymph patterns have been Black Quill nymphs, Olive or regular Pheasanttail patterns all in sizes 16-18. Midge Pupae in Red or Black sizes 18-20. All these can be trailed behind an attention getter such as Orange Beadhead Ray Charles in colors of Pink or Tan, sizes 14-16. If you happen upon any dry fly actions (Baetis) use the emerging patterns such as Downey’s Baetis Wonder Nymph or Olive Smokejumpers in sizes 18-20. Just grease your favorite floatant on the tippet up to the flies eye and fish it in the surface film. Use a Parachute Adams size 14-16 in front of the emerger as your strike indicator. Tight Lines!!