Friday, 24 January 2014 10:29

Spring Specials

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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!

Thursday, 23 January 2014 19:29

Mules and Midges

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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.  

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:56

Winter Fishing Report

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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.  

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 20:36

Bighorn River June fishing

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June fishing on the Bighorn has produced some excellent results like this beautiful rainbow caught by Dell Despain one of the guides here at the lodge.  The Baetus hatch is pretty much gone so most of the focus has been on nymphing.  Wonder nymphs, zebra midges, brassies, grey rays and some red San Juan worms have all been working.  The choice will vary depending on the time of day and location on the river.  If it works, stay with it until it doesn't and try something else.  The rainbows are approaching the end of their spawning season and the fish in general seem to be moving around to new locations, so it requires a little hunting at times to find them.  We have had a lot of rain in the last week or two and ther river flow increased from 1850 up to 2250 for a day or two.  A good 3500 cfs flush would clean up some of the moss in the river and really help the habitat so I am hoping the new rains will entice the decison makers to do that.  The weather today is in the high 70's and clear and it should be another spectacular day on the river.  We still have some excellent bargains on packages until the end of the month so call Cheryl at the lodge and take advantage of these great rates.  See you on the river!

Rick Gehweiler

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