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BIGHORN RIVER FISHING REPORT BLOG

Bighorn River conditions as of April 22,2021

Bighorn River conditions on April 22,2021. Current flows are at 3000 CFS with a water temp of 43 degrees. Visibility is very good, 6-8 feet, until Soap Creek dumps in a few miles above Bighorn Access. From there on you will want to stay river left. Getting some decent Blue Winged Olive hatches but the trout still have not keyed in on the adults. Best patterns have been Pheasant Tail nymphs in natural or olive, sizes 16-18, trailed behind the usual Orange Beadhead Soft Hackle Sowbug in size 14. Also decent success with Midge Pupae in sizes 18-20, Red or Black, trailed behind Sowbugs as well.

Bighorn River conditions as of March 30,2021

Bighorn River Conditions as of March 30,2021. Current flows are at 2200 CFS, visibility is 6-8 feet, with Soap creek currently running clear. Water temps are just a bit over 40 degrees, so the trout are somewhat lethargic. So the take is slight. Midge Pupae are the main menu right now with patterns of Glass Bead Midge Pupae (Zebra Midges) in sizes 18-20, in red, black and rootbeer. Trail this behind a large Sowbug or Scud pattern, sizes 12-14, colors Bighorn Orange or Bighorn Pink. In the sowbugs use them in the Firebead Soft Hackle pattern. Streamer fishing will improve in a few more weeks once the Rainbows begin to spawn and starting making their territory. Tight Lines!

Bighorn River Conditions as of March 23,2021

Bighorn River conditions as of March 23,2021. Current flows are at 2200 cfs and water temps are in the lower 40’s. Fishing has been good, with mostly nymphs producing the bulk of the bite. Midges are active so we have been trailing Glass Bead Midge Larvae colors red, black and rootbeer size 18-20 behind an attractor. As for the attractor use Bighorn scuds in larger sizes 12-14 colors Bighorn Orange, Bighorn Pink. Also Soft Hackle Beadhead Sowbugs in the same sizes and colors. Hasn’t been much top water action as the midges that are hatching have been getting blown off the water with every slightest breeze. We should have a warmup by this weekend, so enjoy!

Bighorn River conditions as of November 20,2020

Bighorn River conditions as of November 20, 2020. Current flows are in the 2100 cfs area and unfortunately didn’t have my thermometer so am not quite sure what that was. As you can see from the video water conditions are  prime with visibility from 6-8′ Very little floating grass which makes streamer fishing excellent. Most productive patterns are bright and large. Bighorn Specials, Bighorn Bugger or White Zonkers in size 2. Dry fly fishing at this time is not much of an option. Nymphing has been fair with mostly Orange or Red Beadhead Sowbugs or Scuds in larger sizes as well. Either 12 or 14’s. Tight Lines and Happy Thanksgiving!

Bighorn River conditions as of November 4,2020

Bighorn River conditions as of November 4, 2020. Current flows are in the 2500 cfs area and unfortunately didn’t have my thermometer so am not quite sure what that was. As you can see from the video water conditions are not prime with visibility from 12-18″. Quite a bit of floating grass which makes streamer fishing challenging. Streamer fishing though is your best bet. Most productive patterns are bright and large. Bighorn Specials, Bighorn Bugger or White Zonkers in size 2. Dry fly fishing at this time is not much of an option. Nymphing has been fair with mostly Orange or Red Beadhead Sowbugs or Scuds in larger sizes as well. Either 12 or 14’s. Tight Lines!

Bighorn River conditions and fishing report as of September 11, 2020

Current flows remain at 2400 CFS and this could be the average for the winter months if moisture levels remain below normal. Water temps are right at the 56-58 degree mark. Overall water conditions are excellent with minimal grass for this time of the season. Getting some hopper action still using either White Cloud Hoppers, tan size 8-12 or Yellowstone Hoppers same size and color. Better nymphing though using Pink Hot Belly Pheasant Tails size 16 lead by a size 14-16 Soft Hackled Ray Charles in Tan. Also any Tan Caddis Pupae imitation in size 16 as well. Good Luck!

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