Bighorn River Fishing Report
River flows are at 3,500 cfs and will continue to come down. Fishing has turned on during the last week. Nymph fishing has been good on sowbugs, midge pupa, and Baetis nymphs. We have been catching some big fish. Nymph patterns like the #18 RS-2, #18 Skinny Bill, #18 Tung Teaser (black), #18 BP-3, #16 Downey PMD Wonder Nymph, #18 Flashback Quill, Orange & Pink Scud (#16,#18), #16 Natural Sow Bug, Ray Charles Sowbugs (grey & tan, sizes #16 & 18) and Soft Hackle Sowbug are producing. A few fish are being taken on hoppers, and on hopper/dropper setups. Streamer fishing has been slow, but this should improve as the water temperature creeps up.
A few Baetis. Hoppers.
USGS Current Conditions
Hot Fly Patterns
#16 Natural Sowbug; #16,#18 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #18 BP3, #18 Tung Teaser (black); #18 Flashback Quill Nymph; Various sowbug patterns
#10 Moorish Hopper
Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4 Dirty Hippie, #4 Bighorn Bugger (brown & yellow)