Fishing Report

Bighorn River Fishing Report

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Current Report

Afterbay and 3-Mile Fishing Access Sites are currently closed, as are area campgrounds. Bighorn Access (12 miles below Afterbay Dam) is open. Water flows are at 5,300 cfs and the water temperature is  39 degrees. Nymph fishing has been good on scuds, sowbugs and midge pupa. Water clarity is good. Many of the fish we are catching are rainbows in the 16 to 18 inch range. A few smaller browns being taken as well.  Nymph patterns like the Orange & Pink Scud (#16,#18), #16 Natural Sow Bug, #16  Tommy Tutone Scud, Ray Charles Sowbugs (grey & tan, sizes #16 & 18), Soft Hackle Sowbug, #18 Tung Teaser (black),  #18 Zebra Midge, and #18 Flashback Quill nymph are producing. A few rising fish on midges. Streamer fishing has been slow, but a few fish being taken in the deeper water.

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Hatch Info


One-Week Forecast


River Flows

5,200 cfs
USGS Current Conditions

Water Temperature

39 degrees

Hot Fly Patterns


#14,#16 Orange Scud; #16 Natural Sowbug; #14 Tommy Tutone Scud; #16,#18 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #18 BP3, #18 Tung Teaser (black); #18 Flashback Quill Nymph; Various sowbug patterns

Dry Flies

#20 Sipper Midge


#4,#6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow); #4 Dirty Hippy (cream); #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #8 Purple Zonker