Bighorn River Fishing Report
Water flows have come down. Currently they are at 3,250 cfs and the water temperature is 63 degrees. The trico spinner fall is sputtering along but doesn’t last very long in the morning. There are a few fish up on midges as well. Nymph fishing is just fair. Aquatic grass is an issue on the upper 13 miles, so you’ll have to find areas with clean, gravel bottoms to do well. Fish are being taken on sowbugs, caddis pupa, aquatic worms, scuds, and sunken trico patterns. A few fish are being taken on hoppers and hopper-dropper rigs. Streamer fishing can be productive at times. The lower river below Bighorn Access is fishable and there is less grass downriver. Also, there are tricos down there, but few fish up on them. Fishing tends to be slow in the afternoon.
Tricos. Midges in the morning.
USGS Current Conditions
63 degrees at 3-Mile.
Hot Fly Patterns
#16,#18 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #18, #20 Drowned Trico; #16,#18 Olive Flashback Pheasant Tail; #12,#14, #16 Orange Scud; #14 Pink Scud, #16 Orange Scud; #18 Tung Teaser: #18 Quill Nymph; #18 San Juan Worm (various colors)
#20; 22 Trico Spinner (various types);
#6 Emerald Shiner; #4,#6 White or Cream Wooley Bugger; #8 Black Squirrel Leech; #4 Dirty Hippy (brown); #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4 Grey Zonker; #4,6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow)