Bighorn River Fishing Report
Water flows are at 13,000 cfs. We expect the water to he high through most of June. Water temps are now at 52 degrees and the fishing has been good on nymphs. Fish are eating scuds, sowbugs, midge pupa, aquatic worms and Baetis nymphs. Fish the edges or medium-current spots near islands. Wade fishing spots are limited. Streamer fishing has been good if you can get it done. Emerald shiners have been washing in from Bighorn Lake (overflow spillway) and the fish are looking for baitfish. The crippled shiners are usually high in the water column, so if you see shiners in the water, or fish slashing near the surface, use a floating line and a dead drift a light-colored streamer. Twitch it on the swing. Otherwise use a sink-tip or full-sinking line. Midges and Baetis are hatching. The Baetis hatch has been good on cloudy afternoons and anglers have reported rising fish in selected areas, but opportunities are limited. Look for back eddies and side channels. The lower river below Bighorn Access should be fishable soon, but drifting algae is a problem.
Midges and Baetis
USGS Current Conditions
52 degrees at 3-Mile.
Hot Fly Patterns
#14,#16 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #12,#14, #16 Orange Scud; #14 Pink Scud, #14 Two Tone Scud; #18 Tung Teaser: #18 Quill Nymph; #8 San Juan Worm (various colors)
#18 CDC Baetis Sparkle Dun; #20 Sipper Midge, #20 Student
#4,#6 White or Cream Wooley Bugger; #4 Dirty Hippy (brown); #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4 Grey Zonker; #4,6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow)