September

I like September. Soon we’ll enjoy cold, crisp mornings and fog on the river. The leaves on the cottonwoods will start to turn. I enjoy the trico hatch, which brings large pods of Bighorn trout to the surface. I also look forward to fall streamer fishing. Usually that is an October/November deal, but I can… Read more

Bighorn River Fishing Update: July 10, 2015

The river is coming down, way down from 14,000 cfs. Where it ends up, we’re not sure. I’m guessing around 3,000 cfs. Since the BuRec no longer manages the Lake or River for flood control, and the “Good Idea Fairy” is in charge up there, they might crank it down to minimum flow (2,500 or… Read more

Bighorn River Pale Morning Duns

It’s that time of year again in southern Montana, a time when the flowers bloom and the birds sing, a time when little whitetail fawns leap and cavort in grassy meadows, a time when gentle breezes cause the Cottonwood trees to release their fluffy little seed pods which settle upon the surface of the water… Read more

Bighorn River & The Emerald Mile

I read an interesting book the other day. It’s called The Emerald Mile, and the author is Kevin Fedarko. The Emerald Mile is about the Colorado River, in particular the section that flows through Marble Canyon and Grand Canyon. The book discusses the history of the river, indigenous peoples, geology, dam building and environmental issues.… Read more

Dry Fly Tactics for Spring: Part Deux

By now, if you’ve taken all the advice contained in part one of “Dry Fly Tactics for Spring,” you’re an accomplished angler, admired by all of your colleagues. Or you’re broke. Some of the tackle I suggested is expensive. Let me expand a bit on fly rods. I like four and five-weight fly rods, but… Read more