This week still produced some dry fly Trico time below 13 mile access for about an hour between 9:30-10:30. Guides have also seem some pseudos. Fly patterns for nymphing and streamer have not changed much from last weeks post. Try some pseudo nymph psstterns if you see the adults.
The lower river seemed a bit more friendly for nymphing and streamer fishing as the upper river is suffering from a lot of floating grsses due to the dying and braking loose of bottom growth. This condition should continue for about another week or possible two. This condition requires some adjustment is how you fish. Shorter casts for streamer fishing and quick upward retrieve when nymphing. Dragging the fly through the water will only catch the floating grasses and that can be tiresome.
Once the grasses have gone the traditional November and early December fishing can be awesome. So keep chekcing my reports and I will keep you posted on conditions.
Water Flow 2286
Water Temp 60 degrees at 3 mile
Weather Temp in the 60's with occasional shower for the next week.
Bighorn River Fishing Report
The Bighorn is currently running at 2286 cfs and flows could increase as the lake continues to fill. Water temp is 60 degrees at 3 mile. The water is fairly clear but rain is forcast for Monday and Tuesday which could effect clarity.
Nymphing is steady and strong on some days. The fish are concentrated in deeper runs at the end of rifles and below shelves where the water is cooler and oxyagenated so a bit of weight is a good idea. If the cfs increase and water levels rise I would expect the fish to spread out a bit more.
Dry Fly action is still happening with Trico Hatches still happening in the morning after around 9:00 for an hour or so. However the Tricos are now really small so the fish are picky and not concentrated in the larger pods we had last month. Still can tag a few however and the fish are bigger.
Streamer fishing has been good especially on cloudy days. The Browns are coming into their spawning season and are getting more aggresive so this is a good time to put in on streamers.
Good Fly Patterns
Size #18 in the following patterns: Pink soft hackle sow bug, Soft hackle grey ray, Soft hackle tan ray, Zebra midge, Flash back pheasant tail, Drowned trico, Doc's blond baetis if there are some pseudos around. I like to drop any of these patterns below a #6 red or orange wire worm. Also try a brown or two tone brown and orange chenille worm below the wire worm.
#20 Trico Dun, #22 Trico spinner, #20 Student, #14 Mahoganey or Royal Wulf. I like to use the latter two as a lead fly I can see. In fact the fish will commonly take the Mahoganey.
White and white/grey are the good colors right now tied sparsely. Brown and gold combos are also a good choice. Good patterns: #8 Bighorn Special, #8 Squirrel Leach, #6 Thin Mint Wolly Bugger, #4 Cream Wooly Bugger.
River Flows: 2286
Water Temp: 60 at 3 mile access
Weathern Conditions: Days in the 60's with clouds and occasional showers. Tuesday and Wednesday calls for rain.