The 2013 waterfowl season on the Bighorn River produced some of the largest concentrations of waterfowl I have ever seen along the Bighorn. The cold weather came into the valley in late November and hung around for the rest of the year. After the Yelllowstone River and all the other surrounding waterways froze up, all of the waterfowl made the Bighorn River Valley their home. Cornfields near the river would be swarmming with a tornado of ducks and geese, more then we could put a number on. We were surrounded by mallards as we laid in our blinds. The sound of their wings beating against the wind as they took off towards the sky sounded like the roar of a jet aircraft flying by. The only thing the clients could say was, "I have never seen or heard anything like this."
Bighorn River Lodge's hunting Outfitter Ryan Kitts and I spent everyday in the field or on the water, scouting, guiding or hunting on are own. Frozen jet boats, stuck pickups, and even some truck and boat batteries that just didn't want to start, did not stop us from experiencing some of the best hunts we have seen. The frustrations and our cold hands never discouraged us from providing the safest and most incredible experiences for our guests.
Here are a few photes to check out that are just a glimpse of the mind-blowing sights that everyone that went on a cast and blast with the Bighorn River Lodge and Reverse K6 got to experience.
The Bighorn River Lodge is offering a spring special for the following dates April 1-21:
4 night/ 3 Day fishing $1395
3 night/ 3day fishing $995
Day trips $395
Book now and enjoy the great spring fishing!
The winter months pose many short days and many long hours sitting at the fly tying bench. And what better way to accompany such productive endeavors than paired with a refreshing moscow mule. The stillness encompasses the surroundings of the Bighorn River Lodge this time of year, as cooler temperatures limit one's ability to venture outside compared to the warmer months. As more time is spent indoors, that time is well spent tying flies that will be used in the months to come.
If you have ever fished the Bighorn River, you know that some of the staple bugs within the trout's diet include midges-pupas, larvas and adults. All three stages provide an abundance of biomass for these trout to consume, which when imitated and tied to the end of your line, makes for a bent rod and a happy angler.
A couple of the Bighorn River Lodge guides sat down one evening and partook in the tying of these little macroinvertebrates. The copper color of the mule mugs accompanied the gold and silver colors of the fly tying vises and scissors positioned around the table. While sharing patterns and enjoying tasty mules, the guides spent a productive evening working and enjoying each other's company.
Warm weather has swept over the Bighorn River the last week and has made for some great fishing opportunities. I floated the river from Three Mile to the BIghorn River Lodge two days ago and had a great day. Nymphe fishing was good, using zebra midges, sowbugs and pink soft hackles size 16-18. I saw some BWO and Midges on the top, but did not see any fish actively feeding on them.
If you pick your days this winter, you can enjoy a great day on the river. The boat traffic is very low and the the fish have been hungry.