Bighorn River Fishing Report
Water flows are at 7,500 cfs and the water temperature is 39 degrees. On the upper river (Afterbay to Bighorn Access) the water clarity is perfect and the fishing is good. Fish are eating sowbugs, scuds, Baetis nymph patterns, midge pupa, and aquatic worms. There are some midges around if the wind stays down, and a few Baetis, but dry fly, wade fishing spots are limited. Productive dry fly patterns include Smoke Jumpers, Sipper Midges, Griffith’s Gnat, and Parachute Adams. Streamer fishing is just fair. Throw full sinking lines in the deeper water. A light fly/dark fly combination (white Zonker & Thin Mint) is recommended. Some anglers are using a streamer/nymph combination and dead drifting it.
Midges & Baetis
USGS Current Conditions
39 degrees at 3-Mile.
Hot Fly Patterns
#14,#16 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #18 Tung Teaser; #16 Pink Scud; #16 Orange Scud; #18 Yong's Midge; #18 Flashback Quill Nymph; #18 Zebra Midge
#20 Sipper Midge, #20 Smoke Jumper, #20 Parachute Adams (black post); #18 Griffith's Gnat; #20 CDC Baetis Dun
#6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4 White Zonker; #4 Grey Zonker; #4,6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow); #4 Dirty Hippy (cream)