Bighorn Trout Shop : Fort Smith, Montana

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Bighorn River Fishing Report

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Current Report:
Water flows at 3,300 cfs. Still some tricos around and some dry fly fishing to be had in the morning. Nymph fishing has been fair on scuds, sowbugs, and San Juan Worms. Streamer fishing has been productive if you know how to throw them and have the ability to slap some grass. Both pounding the banks and fishing sinking lines in the deeper water have been effective.

Catch of the Week:
One-Week Forecast:
Fair nymph fishing. Some dry fly fishing on Tricos.
Two-Week Forecast:
Hatch Info:
Tricos. A few Pale Olive Baetis.
Hot Fly Patterns:
Nymphs:#16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug; #14,#16 Orange Scud; #16 Grey Ray Charles; #16 Tan Ray Charles; #16 Hare's Ear Nymph; 18 Tung Teaser; #8 Atomic Worm; ; #8 S.J. Worm (Burgundy, red); #6 Atomic Worm (floss); #16 Pink Soft Hackle Sow Bug; #20 Skinny Bill
Dry Flies

#20,#22 Trico Spinner (various patterns);
#6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4,6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow); #4 Brown Wooley Bugger; #4 Olive Zonker (silver body/grey rabbit)

River Flows:
3,500 cfs.
Water Temperature:
55 degrees at 3-Mile.
  • Fishermen in a drift boat
  • Long view of a boat on the Bighorn River