Feb 20, 2018 Written by

Fishing Report Feb 18, 2018

Bighorn River is flowing at 4,470 cfs with a water temperature of 37 degrees. Water clarity is clear and the winter fishing has been very good.


Streamers have been catching most of our fish in the middle of the river in deep, slower moving water while fishing a sink tip fly line and a unweighted streamer with a slow retrieve or swinging the fly through the runs. A variety of streamer patterns have been working. Olive and white streamers or emerald shiner imitations have produced beautiful fish. 

Nymph fishing is very productive as well. Look for these fish to be feeding in deeper, slower moving pools. Orange scuds and dark colored midge patterns have been working well. The fish are concentrated together in wintering holes so take your time and cover all the water in the deep pools. The winter is a great time to fish the Bighorn River, so get out and enjoy the this amazing wild trout fishery.


Streamer Pic- Courtesy of Matt Clawson

Matt Clawson

Matt Clawson, the Fishing Outfitter for the Bighorn River Lodge, started fly fishing the Bighorn River over 25 years ago. After receiving a degree in business management from the University of Montana, Matt embraced his passions and entered the world as a professional fly fishing guide. The Clawson family has been farming, hunting and fishing the Bighorn Valley for three generations. His intimate knowledge of the river, its history, and its ecosystem is just one of the reasons Matt is so highly regarded amongst the guides and local stewards of the river. His extreme devotion to the art of fly fishing along with his diligent work ethic ensures that every client will have the best possible fishing experience the river can provide.

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