Fishing Report - Bighorn Trout Shop

Fishing Report

Bighorn River Fishing Report

Last Updated


Current Report

Fishing has been fair. The flows are going up to 5,000 cfs this afternoon. There is a fair amount of drifting algae as you get downriver. There are still Baetis and midges around, but few fish are coming to the surface for them. Water temperature is cold, and you’ll find fish piled up in certain areas, while other spots seem devoid of life. Fish are eating Baetis nymphs, sowbugs and midge pupa. Fish the slow to medium current runs. Streamer fishing has been slow to fair. Fish patterns deep and slow.

Weather Report

Detailed Forecast

Hatch Info

Midges and Baetis

One-Week Forecast


River Flows

5,000 cfs
USGS Current Conditions

Water Temperature

40 degrees

Hot Fly Patterns


#18 Flashback Quill Nymph; #18 Zebra Midge; #16,#18 Frenchie (gold bead, orange color); #16 Two-Tone Scud; #16 Orange Scud; #14, #16 Soft Hackle Sowbug; #14, #16 Ray Charles (grey or tan);

Dry Flies

#20 Sipper Midge; #20 Parachute Adams; #20 CDC Baetis Dun (fish will eat it for a Baetis or a midge); #20 Student


#4 Dirty Hippie (cream), #4, #6 Rusty Trombone (this pattern has been especially productive); #6 Grinch; #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger; #6 White Zonker