Month: May 2011

A River Runs Through It … during Spring Runoff

Yesterday, the Bureau of Reclamation increased river flows from 7,000 cfs to 10,000 cfs. Dan Jewel, head of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Billings, Montana office, had originally forecasted flows of 8,500 cfs throughout spring and early summer. In light of recent weather events, higher-than-projected releases are required. Inflows into the lake have increased significantly, and… Read more

Hatch Reels: Superior Quality

Hatch Outdoors has been manufacturing fly reels since 2003. Since then, discriminating anglers have used their reels around the world and they’ve tamed the meanest fish on this planet. I’ve used them for steelhead with great results, and just this spring we began to sell them at the Bighorn Trout Shop. While there are many… Read more

Fishing and Access Update

Outstanding dry fly fishing once again on May 25th. The water was at 3,500 cfs most of the day, but they began to raise the water late yesterday afternoon. Currently, it is at 5,000 cfs. Baetis and midges are still coming off heavily. Fish can be snooty in certain areas when they get selective on… Read more

Flood Report

The recent low river flows provided some of the best dry fly fishing of the season on the upper 3 miles. We’re starting to see flows being ramped back up, and as this occurs, we’ll see a return to the heavy-water nymph fishing program. That’s not to say we won’t continue to have dry fly… Read more

Feeder Streams Receding

Feeder streams flowing into the Bighorn River have begun receding after the heavy rains of the last three days. The Bighorn will be back in shape quickly. The upper 3 miles is fishable right now. The upper 7 miles upstream of Mountain Pocket Creek should be fishable tomorrow or the day after that. It won’t… Read more