Fishing Report

Bighorn River Fishing Report

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Current Report

Water flows are decreasing to 1,750 cfs which is very low. Fishing is slow as far as numbers are concerned, but there are specific holes where you can do very well. Clarity is excellent, and we’re catching some big fish (18″ – 22″) along with a few smaller trout (10″ – 13″). There are Baetis and midges around, with a few fish looking up on the upper river. On cloudy days, we’re catching a few fish on streamers. We expect the streamer fishing to improve as the water temperature slowly rises in the next few weeks. We’re hoping the PMD hatch starts to make an appearance after the 4th of July.

Weather Report

Detailed Forecast

Hatch Info

a few Baetis & Midges

One-Week Forecast


River Flows

1,740 cfs
USGS Current Conditions

Water Temperature

45 degrees

Hot Fly Patterns


#18, #20 Downey Wonder Nymph, #18, #20 BP-3, #16 Jelly Bean Sowbug, #14,#16 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #16,#18 Carpet Sowbug; #18 Tung Teaser (black); #18 Zebra Midge; #18 Flashback Quill Nymph; #18 Skinny Bill (cream midge pattern)

Dry Flies

#20 Smoke Jumper; #20 CDC Trude Midge; #20 Baetis CDC Sparkle Dun


#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)