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Sunday, 04 November 2012 18:00

Bighorn River Fishing Report

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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.

Monday, 19 November 2012 18:00

Fall Fishing Report

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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!!!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 18:00

Guides Day Off

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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.

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Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:00

Trade Show Season Ends With Success

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For the first time in six years, Bighorn River Lodge attended trade shows this winter.  From Somerset, NJ to Phoenix, AZ to Pasadena, CA and home to Montana, our team drove across the country shaking hands and handing out brochures.  We were proud to receive two "Best Booth" awards from the International Sportsmen's Expo in Phoenix and the NW Sportshow in Minneapolis, MN.  The shows gave us the chance to meet new anglers, book a few trips and promote our new Cast and Blast program starting in October 2012.  We all feel the shows were a successful endeavor and hope to attend a few again next winter.  

 

Thank you to Carlo Boshoff, Matt Clawson, Dell Despain, Ryan Kitts, and Cody Rolph who manned the booth at the shows.  A special thanks also to Flappy and Jack Baumgartner for the design and construction of the booth.  An especially big thank you to all of the trade show attendees who stopped by our booth to say hello.  See you on the water!

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