Bighorn River Fishing 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.
Some Baetis & Midges
USGS Current Conditions
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)
#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)