Fishing Report

Bighorn River Fishing Report

Last Updated

09/18/2019


Current Report

Water flows are at 3,300 cfs and the water temperature is 60 degrees. There are a fair amount of trico duns and spinners in the morning hours, but few fish rising to them. This is probably due to the reduced water clarity (lake turnover greenish gray) and aquatic grass. The fish that are being caught are large and tough to land. Nymph fishing is slow. Fish are being taken on scuds, sowbugs, Baetis nymphs and San Juan Worms. The aquatic grass is choking off many feeding lanes so look for the weed-free, riffle water. Nymph patterns like the Orange & Pink Scud (#16,#18), #18 Rainbow Warrior, Ray Charles Sowbugs (grey & tan, sizes #16 & 18), Soft Hackle Sowbug (#16 Pink Beadhead, #18 tan), #18 Olive Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Tung Teaser (black),  and Flashback Quill nymph are producing. Lots of hoppers around but fishing has been tough on them. On windy afternoons they are worth throwing, especially on the upper 3 miles. Streamer fishing has been slow except in low-light conditions.


Weather Report

Detailed Forecast


Hatch Info

Tricos, Pale Olive Baetis


One-Week Forecast

Same


River Flows

3,300 cfs
USGS Current Conditions


Water Temperature

60 degrees


Hot Fly Patterns

Nymphs

#14,#16 Orange Scud; #18 Rainbow Warrior, #14 Tommy Tutone Scud; #16,#18 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #18, #20 BP3, #18 Tung Teaser (black); #20 Sunken Trico Spinner; #18 Flashback Quill Nymph; #8 San Juan Worm (burgundy), Various sowbug patterns

Dry Flies

#20, 22 Trico Spinner (various patterns); #20 Trico Dun Thorax; #22 Student, #8, #10 Tan Moorish Hopper, #10 Schroeder's Hopper (Para-Hopper)

Streamers

#8 White Minky, #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); #8 Purple Zonker