Fishing Report

Bighorn River Fishing Report

Last Updated

09/03/2021


Current Report

Water flows are at 1,750 cfs and the river is in good shape. Aquatic grass is becoming a factor. Water temps are in the 52 to 56 degree range. Fishing is fair to good on nymphs. We’re catching some big fish (18″ – 22″) along with a few smaller trout (10″ – 13″). PMD Nymphs, Sowbugs, Baetis nymphs and caddis pupa patterns are producing. Dry fly action has been good with some PMD hatches consistent in the middle of the day. The PMD emergence generally begins late morning (11:00 AM) and continues into mid-afternoon. Black caddis and Baetis will accompany the PMD hatch on most afternoons. Don’t expect the fish to be easy to take on the surface. As the old Sage ad says, “Fish feed on Accuracy.” Success is 90% presentation.


Weather Report

Detailed Forecast


Hatch Info

PMDs, Black Caddis, Baetis


One-Week Forecast

Same


River Flows

1,740 cfs
USGS Current Conditions


Water Temperature

53 degrees


Hot Fly Patterns

Nymphs

#18 Poodle Sniffer, #16,#18 Olive Flashback Pheasant Tail, #16, #18 Soft Hackle Sowbug, #14,#16 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #16,#18 Carpet Sowbug, #16 BTS PMD nymph)

Dry Flies

#16,#18 PMD Parachute; #16,#18 PMD Sparkle Dun; #18 Black CDC Caddis; #18 Hemingway Caddis: #16 Henryville Caddis; #20 Baetis CDC Sparkle Dun; #8, #10 Moorish Hopper; #8 Schroeder's Hopper; #8 Rainey's Hopper

Streamers

#6 Grinch, #6 White Zonker; #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)