Bighorn River Fishing Report
Water flows are at 2,750 cfs. Fishing has been good on nymphs. We’re catching fish on scuds, sowbugs, and midge pupa. The best fishing has been midday and early afternoon. We’ve seen a few fish (mostly small) up on midges. Streamer fishing has been productive. Sink tip or full-sinking lines are recommended. A variety of streamer patterns will work — white has been producing on the brighter days. Smaller, darker patterns are often the best overall. The big, articulated stuff can work well, but mostly on cloudy days. One of our customers who was swinging streamers (Trout Spey rod) did well with an olive and black, soft hackle streamer.
USGS Current Conditions
Hot Fly Patterns
#14, #16 Soft Hackle Sowbug; #18 Red Midge Larva; #16 Orange Scud; #16 Jelly Bean Sowbug; #14,#16 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #14,#16 Two-Tone Scud; #18 Tung Teaser (black); #16, #18 Flashback Quill Nymph; #18 BP-3
#20 Sipper Midge; #20 Griffith's Gnat
#6 Grinch, #12 Mayer's Mini Leech Jig (olive); #10 Black Leech; #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #6 Olive Zonker; #4 Dirty Hippie (cream), #4 Meat Whistle (brown)