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Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

Spring 2016 at the Bighorn River Lodge

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2016 looks to be another great year for fly fishing on the Bighorn River.  The Bureau of Reclamation has already increased the river flows which is rare for this time of year and this hopeful sign can only be good for the river and the health of those beautiful Rainbows and Browns.

Last year’s BWO hatch stretched from late April through May and into early June. The dry fly fishing was outstanding.  We are hopeful that we will see these conditions again this Spring. 

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The Bighorn River Alliance, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting and working to preserve and protect the health of the river, has a new full time executive director. Anne Marie Emery was previously director on the Henry’s Fork and we are very lucky to have someone with her expertise, experience and credentials working for us to help ensure the health and quality of the Bighorn.  Her work with the Bureau of Reclamation will be of critical value in managing water flows and fish habitat.

We are also very happy to announce that Shawn Smith our fabulous Chef from two years ago will be returning after a one-year hiatus in Salt Lake City armed with new ideas, menu items and who know what but we are sure it will be outstanding. Welcome back Shawn!!

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Sunday, 29 November 2015 09:30

Fishing On the Bighorn River in the Fall

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Okay you are going to love this one. So we have a wonderful client, Howard Hargrove, who has been coming to the Bighorn River Lodge for around 20 years every fall to fish regardless of the weather. He is after big browns ready for the spawn. So this year he brought his son Grant who had never been to the Bighorn. Having just graduated from college this was a present from his father. So here is the deal. Last week, his first trip on the first day, and this was the first fish of the day. 

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A monster 26” brown. Not bad for a rookie. I told him he might as well pack his bag and go home now cause it’s not gonna get any better than that. You can imagine the heat he had to take over the next three days. Congratulations Grant!

As a reminder the fall fly fishing can be spectacular. I went out last week when the high was 50 and believe it or not there was a BWO hatch. Spotty on the dry flies but we had a great day nymphing with a #18 grey RS2. Just a beautiful day and virtually no one on the river. Keep October and November on your list of OFF SEASON RATE possibilities. We are talking big healthy fish. See you on the river!!!

Monday, 07 September 2015 00:00

Bighorn River Massive Trico Hatch!

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The Trico’s have been coming on now for a couple of weeks, but this week the hatch was incredible.  The hatch has been starting around 6:00 am and if you can get on the river early you will see huge columns of Tricos funneling up from the river with the rising sun silhouetting them in the background.  What a sight!

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While the hatch has been over by around 10:00, for a couple of days it lasted until noon.  There are numerous spots where there will be literally hundreds of fish feeding.  Once the spinners hit the water the entire flat is covered with fish heads devouring the spent duns.  If you have the right patterns for the duns, emergers, and spinners it is not uncommon to net over 30 fish on dries.

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I was fortunate enough to fish with the owner one day last week and we figure we had over 70 fish netted by 12:00.  Forget about those we lost.  Look at the beautiful 19” Rainbow and Brown we landed as a double.

Here is the good news.  I have talked to several guides who think the Trico hatch could last well into October.  If you love fishing for dries and can carve out a few days to get here I would highly recommend you try.  This is as good as dry fly fishing gets.  Give us a call and get an update at any time but as always it is best to strike while the iron is hot.  See you on the river!

Sunday, 23 August 2015 00:00

Fall Fishing On The Bighorn

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September, October and November offer some of the best fly fishing of the year here on the Bighorn River. The waters cool down, the Fall colors are spectacular and the summer crowds have gone.

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September dry fly fishing can be sensational once the Baetis and Trico hatches return during this month.  Cooler weather and some Fall cloud cover create the perfect conditions for these hatches.  If the Spring Baetis hatch and the recent Trico hatches are any indications, the Fall hatches should be prolific.15 Fly Fishing trout

October

October ushers in the beginning of streamer fishing especially for the aggressive big Brown trout. Both the rainbows and browns are getting ready for Winter and the bite can be really, really good.
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November

November means the Brown trout will be spawning and with the cooler weather the aggressive behavior of both the Rainbows and Browns makes for some electric fly fishing experiences whether you are nymphing or stalking feeding fish on dries.
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Favorite Time of Year

This is my favorite time of the year here at the lodge as the Fall colors, cooler weather, and aggressive fish produce some of the best fishing to be had on the Bighorn River.  If you haven’t fished here during these months I urge you to do so. Especially since our OFF SEASON RATES BEGIN IN OCTOBER. So get out your calendar, call Cheryl in the office at 406-666-2368, and come experience fall at the Bighorn River Lodge and the superb Fall fishing on the Bighorn River.

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