Bighorn River Fishing Report
The river looks great and the weather is warming up. Water temperature is COLD and the fish are sluggish. Nymph fishing is slow to fair, depending on the day. Nymph patterns like the orange scud, Ray Charles Sowbugs (grey & tan), Red midge larva, Green Weenie midge pupa, Tung Teaser, and Flashback Quill nymph are producing. There are a few midges on the water but very few fish rising. A few Baetis dunes can be seen in late afternoon. Cloudy weather and warmer water temps should increase dry fly opportunities. Top dry fly patterns include the Smoke Jumper, Sipper Midge, and CDC Baetis Sparkle Dun. Streamer fishing is slow but anglers are catching some fish in the deeper holes with full-sinking lines.
Midges & a few Baetis
USGS Current Conditions
37 degrees at 3-Mile.
Hot Fly Patterns
#14,#16 Orange Scud; #14,#16 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #18 Tung Teaser (black); #18 Flashback Quill Nymph; #8 Two-Tone San Juan Worm; #8, #10 Burgundy Worm
#20 Smoke Jumper; #20 Sipper Midge; #18 Griffith's Gnat
#10 Black Leech, #4 Grey Zonker; #6 Sparkle Minnow; #4,#6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow); #4 Dirty Hippy (olive); #4 Dirty Hippy (cream); #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite);