BIGHORN RIVER FISHING REPORT BLOG
Bighorn River conditions on the upper 10 miles of the river are still excellent with visibility in the 6-8 foot range. The downturn of course comes with the flow from Soap Creek which is running very high and muddy due to rainstorms the last few days. Expect this to subside in just a few days as drier weather is forecast for this week. Flows remain in the 3500-3700 range with water temps in the upper 30’s. Fishing is picking up with an increase in water temps but dry fly action is still quite sporadic. The midge hatches are there but the trout just aren’t keyed in on them. So still mostly nymphing with the usual Orange or Red San Juans followed by a Tan or Pink Soft Hackled Ray Charles in sizes 14-16. Some success on Bighorn Orange Scuds same sizes as well as a trailer. Good Luck!
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.
Bighorn Fishing Report- Current river flow is 3250 CFS. Water temps are in between 34 and 36 degrees. The trout are still lethargic with these cold water temps but a few fish are still being taken. Have seen some midge activity but not enough to get excited about. Most actions is still subsurface with best patterns of the Bighorn Dark Orange Scud trailed behind a red or orange ultrachenille San Juan worm. Worms in sizes 8-10 and Scuds in sizes 14-16. Fish slower water to give the fish some time to come in for the take! Soap creek is kicking out a little dirt but not enough to dirty the Horn.
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