blog_01_192 blog_02_192 blog_03_192 blog_04_192 blog_05_192 blog_06_192 blog_07_192 blog_09_192
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:59

Winter Fishing on the Bighorn

Written by

It has been a very mild winter down on the Bighorn River. Warm over night temps and calm days that have reaching into the 50's have start 2013 off with some excellent fishing. Fish have been eating nymphs well. I have doing well with a black wonder nymphs size 16 & 18. Also tan and pink soft hackle in the same sizes have been catching fish. The other day one of Lodges guides, Matt Ernst and I, floated from 3 mile down to the Lodge and had very impressive streamer fishing. Our best streamer was the Bighorn special, but Berg's blue legs and a Red Spruce fly worked very affectively as well. Here is a picture of the Bighorn Special. It is a easy fly to tie and works on many other rivers as well. Don't let the winter keep you inside. The fishing is great and you will have the whole river to yourself this time of year.

Monday, 05 November 2012 00:00

Bighorn River Fishing Report

Written by

This summer and fall has produced some of the most SPECTACULAR FLYFISHING on the Bighorn River in recent memory.  Every guide I talked to said they had  never really ever seen anything like it.  Two years of high water and excellent weather conditions produced a large volumn of water that increased the overall capicity of the river to house large numbers of fish, giving anglers opportunities for unprecedented number of hook-ups.  Our guides here at the Bighorn River Lodge were consistently providing their clients up with 30-80 fish days.  Perhaps hard to believe, but I had many of those days myself.  Once again the Bighorn River has proved itself to be the Premier Blue Ribbon Trout River in the US.  Indeed virtually every client this summer told me they had never had better fishing experience.  Some were new to the Bighorn river Lodge, but most were customers that return every year.

The most productive nymph patterns seem to be grey & pink Ray Charles or a pink soft hackle Sow Bug  in the #16 to #18 range with a #18 Black/Green Skinny Nelson as a dropper....deadly!  A number of other patterns not usually seen here worked as well and if fact at times it didn't seem to matter WHAT  you used...the fish would eat it.  The fish this year were just beautiful, healthy and strong with Rainbows and Browns averaging 15"-20" and the occasional  20"+ not uncommon.  Dry patterns changed with the hatches of course including Brown and Black Caddis and more Trico and Baetus patterns as we got into late September and early October.  Fall fishing continues to be strong with  warmer than usual fall temperatures still hovering in the 60's this week.  I will post again soon and bring everyone up to date on our current CAST AND BLAST PROGRAM, running through December.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

Fall Fishing Report

Written by

Fall fishing continues to be very productive on the Bighorn.  Warmer than usual weather for this time of year has made for great days on the river with temps staying in the mid 50's for the last 2 weeks.  Today and tomorrow temps are in the 60's!!!.  The fish seemed to have move into deeper water, although some riffles and flats are still holding fish.  A little more effort required to find them, but then we were pretty spoiled August through Ocotber when the fish were just everywhere you looked.  Grey, tan and especially pink rays coupled with a size 18 Quill Nymph or Skinny Nelson still working pretty darn good.  Flashback Pt's also worth try.  Dry fly fishing a little tough lately although there are still very good Baetus hatches daily, but the fish aren't as focused on them as you might think.  Still doable with a little patience however, and the focus could change in the blink of an eye  Streamer fishing is picking up especially on overcast days, although it has been pretty bright and clear for the most part so waiting until late afternoon when the light is lower in the sky is better. 

This is a great time of year to be fishing here with very few boats ( we saw maybe 3-4 yesterday) and the fish are still eating like gangbusters as winter approaches.  The Bighorn River Lodge is open into December so take advantage of our off season rates, the great weather, great fishing and no crowds with excellent opportunities for double digit fish days.  See you on the river!!!

Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:00

Guides Day Off

Written by

The cold weather arrived down on the Bighorn River and with it came the geese. The guides at the Bighorn River Lodge put together a goose hunt in a field near the Lodge. It was a great hunt and the young dogs got some good experience retrieving geese in the field.

Media

"I think it gets better every year."

~ Don Putnam, Big Sky, MT

bottom-lures

Recent News

Who Comes To the Bighorn River Lodge?

New inquiries often ask about the suitability of The Bighorn River Lodge experience and how it relates to their specific needs. Here’s some of the questions we are asked. Is it...

Read more

Bighorn River: Current Winter Conditions Look Promising for Spring Fishing

The Bighorn River Lodge is excited by the aspect of an excellent water year and another year of great fishing.  Here are some of the factors that we will be...

Read more

Fly Fishing Basics

Fly fishing dates back hundreds of years, but it gained the most popularity in North America during the 19th and 20th centuries. From presidents to the common man, the challenge...

Read more

Staff Field Trip

                                                            Staff...

Read more

Bighorn River Lodge Cast and Blast

Cast and Blast Cast and Blast is a term that many people Hear  out there. What is the Cast and Blast? The cast and blast is combining a great day of...

Read more

Great Dry Fly fishing

This spring on the Bighorn River we have seen some incredible dry fly fishing. Starting out in the morning fish are active eating midges on the surface. The guides at...

Read more

Spring Fishing

Some warmer weather days in March has produced some excellent opportunities to knock off the winter rust and go fishing.  The fish have begun to move out of their deep...

Read more

Winter Fishing on the Bighorn

It has been a very mild winter down on the Bighorn River. Warm over night temps and calm days that have reaching into the 50's have start 2013 off with...

Read more

Returning Chef Knows How To Feed Those Fly Fishing On the Bighorn River

Promising Spring Fishing Reports Means Hungry Anglers at the Bighorn River Lodge The days are starting to get a little longer and we are all eagerly awaiting the 2017 fishing season...

Read more

EAT. SLEEP, FISH Part 1

EAT We are extremely excited to have Shawn Smith our Chef back for a third year.  Shawn worked here at the Bighorn River Lodge for two years, took a sabatical for...

Read more

Planting a seed...

Summer is right around the corner for us here on the Bighorn and to us chefs that means we're getting ready to sample natures bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. ...

Read more
cloud
cloud cloud cloud cloud