BIGHORN RIVER FISHING REPORT BLOG
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!
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!
Wow! River conditions and fishing could not be better. Flows are currently at 2400 CFS and water temps are in the mid 50’s.There is some grass growth but minimal and really no floating grass. Thank goodness for low water temps. The fishing has been phenomenal with very good nymphing and good dry fly action during the evenings, Favorite nymph patterns have been Ray Charles or Soft Hackled Ray Charles, colors tan sizes 14-16. They may be taking this for a caddis pupae. Trail this with a Pheasant Tail sizes 14-16. There are a lot of Black Caddis during the evenings and still some PMD’s. Best patterns here are Black Slow Water Caddis sizes 16-18 and Mercers Poxy back PMD sizes 14-16. Tight Lines!
Current flows are steady at 2500CFS and water temps are in the mid 50’s. We are seeing a progressions of hatches as the water warms up. Combination of Black Caddis, Pale Morning Duns, Psuedo’s and Hoppers. For patterns- Adult Black Slowwater Caddis 16-18, trailed by a Black Angel Emerger 18-20. Let the swing come to a complete stop as that is when the trout will take the emerger. As for PMD’s the Mercers Poxyback PMD ( as well as the Beadhead version) 14-16 as well as the PMD Downey Wonder nymph. On the Wonder nymph I just grease the tippet up to the fly and leave it suspended in the film. As for the Psuedo’s I use Psuedo Quill Nymphs or Psuedo Wonder Nymph 18-22. Hoppers are best with White Cloud Hopper (Natural or Pink) 8-12 or Yellowstone Hopper same color, same sizes.
Bighorn River conditions as of July 19, 2020. Flows currently are in the 2500cfs range, not the 3000cfs as I mentioned in the video. Water temps are still quite cool in the mid 40’s. As I mentioned a few PMD’s are hatching and as I was leaving the access I did notice a few very small (size 18) tan caddis. Lots of hoppers! Favorite nymph patterns have still been the Firebead Soft Hackle Ray Charles in sizes 14,16 and colors Pink, Gray or Tan. The Zebra midges (Glass Bead Midge Larvae) as a trailer have been doing very well. Sizes 18-20 colors change through out the day but mostly Black, Red or Cream. As for Hoppers in the afternoon best success has been on the White Cloud Hopper or Yellowstone Hopper in colors Tan or Peach sizes 8-12. Watch for some good caddis action beginning soon!
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