Dry fly fishing on the Birghorn is upon us. The Browns and Rainbows are taking hoppers with a variety of emerger patterns as droppers. A Super Bettle and large ant patterns with a black caddis trailer are also working well. With the lower water levels these combos are best in the riffles and deeper runs. Sight fishing with black caddis and an emerger dropper is best in the later afternoons and evenings.
Nymphing with a wire worm and droppers of soft hackel grey rays or soft hackel pink or tan sow bugs is also still productive. Droppers of zebra midges or quill numphs seem to work better from the Bighorn Rapids down where the black caddis are more prevelent. Still a lot of summer left so come fish with us!!!
Rick and Cheryl
Well June fishing was excellent at times, however we were plagued by a lot of moss in the river during the second half of the month. The good news is that the river water flows have been increased to accommodate the snow melt inflows into the Bighorn Lake, These higher flows into the Bighorn river have scoured out most of the moss, increased water clarity and expose a lot of gravel beds. As a result the nymph fishing has been red hot over the past few days and that should continue. the go to flies have been a #4 or #6 wire worm witha variety of droppers including pink or tan softhackle sowbugs, pink scuds, quill nymphs and flashback pts. Those 16"-18" Rainbows and Browns two months ago are now 18"20" with 20"+ fish not uncommon. They are healthy, hungry and full of fight.
River water temps have risen into the mid and upper 50s with the warmer weather setting the stage for PMD and Yellow Sally hatches which are very close with these perfect conditions. The dry fly fishing should be excellent. So now is the time to get to the Bighorn river here in Montana and experience some fo the best fly fishing available anywhere in the world. Be sure to call Cheryl at the lodge (406-666-2368) and schedule a trip in July, August or September.
SEE YOU ON THE RIVER
The Spring fishing on the Bighorn has been just excellent even with the higher water flows currently running at around 7500cfs. Record breaking snow pack and a wet Spring has resulted in the higher flows from the Bighorn Lake. These higher flows have been great for the river, scouring out and rejuvinating the river bottom and creating excellent conditions for the hatches to follow. While the wade fishing spots are a bit more restrictive the boat fishing has been very good. Even with the water temp at around 39 degrees, nymphing with #18 red midge larve patterns under a #6 orange or red wire worm has been very productive. Smaller Zebra midges,soft hackel grey rays and fire bead soft hackled sow bugs are also working well. As the water temps warm up moving in to May the fish will continue to be even more active. Some drye fly action is available now as the midge and baetes hatches are coming on. All indications are that May should be a spectacular dry fly month. If you are thinkng of making a trip to take advantage of these excellent conditions, we recommend that you call Cheryl at the lodge and book now as reservations are already filling up.
See you on the river!
The Bighorn River Lodge is packed up and ready to head West. We are on our way to the annual Fly Fishing Show in Pleasenton California. This is not our first trip to California this year; a month ago we attended the Inernational Sports Expo in Sacramento. What was the biggest question on angler's minds in the Golden State? Water. Luckily, BRL had the anwser they wanted to hear.
Montana has received an incredible amount of moisture this winter. The mountains are sitting at 140% of the snow pack for 2014. This means an ample supply of cool water all summer long and into the fall. On the Bighorn River, history has proven that a good flush of water in the early summer will help flush moss and silt from the river bottom. This results in great fishing and prolific P.M.D and Yellow Sally hatches.
When we arrive in Pleasenton this coming weekend, I know water and snowpack levels are going to be on everyones mind. Some ask questions like, " Will there be enough water or too much water?" Fortunatly, even at high water levels, the Bighorn River flows clear and fishes unbelievable.
If you are in the area, come visit us that the Alameda County Fairgrounds, February 21, 22, and 23. The Bighorn River Lodge will be giving a presenation on the Bighorn River every day during the show. Come check out the river's history and see some awesome photos of the area and fish. It is going to be great!