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Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00

Early Summer Fishing Report

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Well the summer fishing is red hot right now.  River flows have dropped from 7,000 cfs in early June down to 4,000 cfs currently.  This lower flow opens up more wade spots and tends to push the fish into more concentrated areas.  With the hot weather they are congregating in deeper clear runs and shallower fast moving riffles.  Nothing like tagging a 19¬®rainblow in a fast riffle.  Get your had out of the way of the reel on that first run!!  The go to set up is still a number 4 red wire worm and and 16 soft hackle pink sow bug or grey ray.  The river is crystal clear and the earlier flush has resulted in a good scouring of the bottom setting the stage for what we hope is a good PMD, caddis and yellow sally hatch as the summer continues.  We still have some availablity in July and August so give Cheryl a call and make your plans to fish the best trout river in the US and enjoy some of the finest cusine this side of the Mississipp1...no kidding.                                                                                                                                                                                          See you on the river !    Rick

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

Worm Bite is On !!

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The Spring run off from snow melt and Spring rains have required the Bureau of Reclemation to increase river flows which is usual for this time of year for the Bighorn River.  This year the Bureau has been much more accomodatiing in how they manage the incremental increases.  We are now running at 7,000 cfs which may seem like a lot, but it is a healthy flush for the river to remove the grasses and clean out the gravel which will create good conditioins for bug hatches throughout the summer.  Additionally the inceased flows have kick loose a lot of worms and sowbugs into the water and the fish bite right now is fantastic.  According to our guides it is the best of the year so far and we have already had some awesome fishing. A #6 red wire worm with a #16 soft hackle sow bug or grey ray has been very effective on both the Rainbows and Browns. These conditions should hold through June.  We have a few opeining in June if you can get away.  See you on the river!

Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00

Excellent Blue Winged Olive Hatch

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The cooler, overcast and rainy weather in the last few weeks have produced some excellent BWO hatches and created some outstanding opportunities for great dry fly action here on the Bighorn River.  The hatch has begun around noon and lasted until around 3:00.  The game plan has been to get in and nymph down river to a typically good dry fly spot and wait for the hatch to come on.  It will generally start with a few rises and increase as the hatch accelearates.  After about thirty minutes the riffles and seams will be alive with heads.  If you are adept at presenting the fly, in it has not been uncommon to have a 20 fish day.  Even some of our novice guests under the excellent instruction of our guides are doing very very well.  The hatch should last as long as the weather does. The typical set up has been to use a lead fly with a larger profile like a smoke jumber, CDC BWO cripple, or enven a Mahogany and trail that with the go to fly which has been a #18 Student or a variety of BWO emerger pattern.  Even with the oncoming warmer weather, any return to cooler, cloudy weather will bring the hatch back.

In the meantime the nymphing remains steady using pink soft hackle sow bugs, pink scuds, or a grey ray charles with a trailing zebra midge or Bighorn Baetis nymph. The snow pack is at 90%, and the lake is at traditional levels with inflows matching outflows from the Bighorn Lake of around 2,600cfs which portends for a good water year and good water conditions for this season.  Nothing like fishing the Bighorn which boasts 5,000-6,000 Rainbow and Brown trout per mile.  Get your gear and come on up.  See you on the river !!

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

Bighorn River Dry Fly Action is ON!

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April has brought cooler weather with overcast skies and perfect conditions for both midge and BWO hatches.  Early morning midge hatches have the Brown and Rainbow trout looking up and the best patterns have been smoke jumpers, sipper midges and midge clusters.  As the waters warms up in the afternoon (It needs to reach about 42 degrees) the Baetis hatch has been very good at times with a variety of adult BWO patterns being effective as well as Baetis smoke sumpers and emerger patterns trailed behind a larger flag fly like a Mahogany. Recent rains have contributed to increased snow pack in the mountains and the lake level continues to rise giving us the good water levels we will need this summer.  Nymphing has been steady and pretty productive with pink firebead soft hackle sowbugs, orange scuds, trailed by zebra midges, and baetis nymphs working very well.  Current river conditions and good lake levels portend an excellent season for the Bighorn River and the lodge.  Call Cheryl at the lodge 406-666-2368 and LETS GO FISHING!  Rick

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