Bighorn Trout Shop : Fort Smith, Montana

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Bighorn River Fishing Report

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Current Report:
Water flows at 3,550 cfs. Nymph fishing has been good on sowbugs, scuds and midge pupa. Dry fly fishing has been productive on calm days. Single midge patterns are working. A few Baetis sputtering off in the afternoon.

Catch of the Week:
One-Week Forecast:
Good nymph fishing. Dry fly fishing on midges. A few Baetis.
Two-Week Forecast:
Hatch Info:
Midges. Baetis.
Hot Fly Patterns:
Nymphs:#16 Grey Ray Charles; #16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug; #14,#16 Orange Scud; 18 Zebra Midge; #18 Root Beer Midge; #16,#18 Red Midge Larva
Dry Flies

#20, #22 Sipper Midge
#6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4,6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow)

River Flows:
3,550 cfs.
Water Temperature:
41 degrees at 3-Mile.
  • Fishermen in a drift boat
  • Long view of a boat on the Bighorn River