Fishing Report

Bighorn River Fishing Report

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Current Report

Water flows have come up a little bit, which is good. Clarity is perfect and the nymph fishing has been fair to good. We’re not catching large numbers of fish but the quality has been excellent. Midge pupa and Baetis nymph patterns have been the top producers, and you can always catch fish on sowbugs and scuds. Seeing some rising fish during the cold, cloudy weather, mostly on midges. Baetis have been coming off in the afternoon, and this hatch should get heavier as we approach late April. 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.

Weather Report

Detailed Forecast

Hatch Info

Some Baetis & Midges

One-Week Forecast


River Flows

2,740 cfs
USGS Current Conditions

Water Temperature

42 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)