Bighorn Trout Shop : Fort Smith, Montana

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Bighorn River Fishing Report

Last Updated:
04-26-2015
Current Report:
Water flows are low at 2,230 cfs. River is in great shape. Nymph fishing has been good on Baetis nymphs, sowbugs, scuds and midge pupa. Dry fly fishing has been outstanding some days, merely good on others. The best dry fly fishing is in early afternoon to mid-afternoon when Baetis and midge activity ramps up. Right before dark is good as well. Single midge patterns are working, and we're seeing some midge clusters. The Baetis hatch is consistent every day. Look for the duns late morning and early afternoon. A rainstorm on 4/25-26 will put the lower river sections below Bighorn Access out for a few days. Streamer fishing has been slow. Heavier sink tips can be helpful in fishing the deep, slower water.

Catch of the Week:
One-Week Forecast:
Good nymph and dry fly fishing.
Two-Week Forecast:
Same
Hatch Info:
Midges. Baetis.
Hot Fly Patterns:
Nymphs:#18 Flashback Quill Nymph; #18 Green Disco Midge; #20 Cream Midge Larva; #20 Skinny Bill; #18 Tung Teaser (black); #16 Grey Ray Charles; #18 Rainbow Warrior; #16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug; #14,#16 Orange Scud; 18 Zebra Midge; #18 Root Beer Midge; #16,#18 Red Midge Larva; #20 Cream Midge Larva; #20 Skinny Bill
Dry Flies

#18, #20 TS CDC Baetis; #18, #20 Baetis Cripple Thor; #20 Olive Snowshoe Baetis; #22 TS Captive Midge Emerger; #20 Dark Smoke Jumper; #18, #20 CDC Baetis Sparkle Dun; #18, #20 Student; #20 #20, #22 Sipper Midge; #20 Dark or Light Variant Variant Spider; #22 Trailing Shuck Midge
Streamers
#6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger; #4 Grey Zonker; #4,6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow)

River Flows:
2,230 cfs.
Water Temperature:
40 degrees at 3-Mile.
  • Fishermen in a drift boat
  • Long view of a boat on the Bighorn River