Bighorn River Fishing Report
River flows are perfect and clarity is good. Recent rains are making the lower river below Bighorn Access unfishable. Water temperature is cold and the nymph fishing is slow. Nymph patterns like the Skinny Bill, Orange or Pink Scud, Ray Charles Sowbugs (grey & tan), Soft Hackle Sowbug (#18 tan), Red midge larva, Cream Midge pupa, Tung Teaser (black), and Flashback Quill nymph are producing, among a variety of other midge and Baetis patterns. I’ve had a few reports of anglers doing well on larger sowbug or scud patterns (#12, #14). There are midges on the water, especially in the afternoon, but just a few fish up on them. Baetis duns have been appearing late morning and sputtering off throughout the afternoon. We’ve received isolated reports of good dry fly fishing, with the best reports coming from the upper 3 miles. Top dry fly patterns include the Smoke Jumper, Student, Sipper Midge, Crippled Thor and CDC Baetis Sparkle Dun. Streamer fishing is slow but anglers are catching a few fish in the deeper holes with full-sinking lines.
Midges & Baetis
USGS Current Conditions
41 degrees at 3-Mile.
Hot Fly Patterns
#18 Skinny Bill, #14,#16 Orange Scud; #14 Two-Tone Scud; #14,#16 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #18 Tung Teaser (black); #18 Flashback Quill Nymph; Various sowbug patterns
#20 Student, #20 Smoke Jumper; #20 Sipper Midge; #18 Griffith's Gnat; Crippled Thor
#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