Bighorn River Fishing Report
Weather has been bitterly cold so nobody has been out there, but we this week the weather will moderate. The nymph fishing has been good. River is low and clear. Fish San Juan Worms, scuds, sowbugs and midge pupa. Starting to see a few rising fish on midges. These are mostly small fish (10″ – 13″) with an occasional big one. Streamer fishing is slow due to cold water temps but you can still catch a few big fish. Sink-tip or sinking lines are best. A variety of streamer patterns are working, with darker patterns being the best.
a few midges
USGS Current Conditions
Hot Fly Patterns
#14, #16 Orange Scud; #14,#16 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #16,#18 Carpet Sowbug; #8,#10 SJ Worm (wine or red), #16,#18 Flashback Quill Nymph; Various sowbug patterns
#6 Grinch, #6 Black Leech; #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4 Home Invader; #4 Dirty Hippie, #4 Bighorn Bugger (brown & yellow); #10 Squirrel Leech (black)