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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:00

Bighorn River Lodge Fishing Report

The river flow is running at 9500 with a water temp of 63 degrees at the three mile access.  Higher water temps are a result of the Bighorn Lake top water coming over the spillway at these higher lake discharges.  This higher water temperature is producing some Trico hatches in the morning as well as Black Caddis hatches in the late afternoon and evening on the upper three- mile section of the river.  Can’t remember when we have ever seen Tricos this early in the season. The Trico hatch should continue to improve as long as the water temperature stays warm.  It remains to be seen what the water temps will do once the lake discharges drop as the summer progresses.

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Dry Fly

  • For Tricos I would recommend a set-up using a #14 Mahogany as a lead fly (Almost a third of the fish are actually taking the Mahogany!) and a trail fly in #20 Trico spinner.
  • For Caddis a number #18 CDC or Elk Hair Black Caddis or/and a #18 Hemingway Caddis.

The high water flows this year should have scoured out the river bottom setting up great conditions for PMD and Yellow Sally hatches. We are beginning to see some already but the fish are keyed in on Tricos and Black Caddis at the moment.  Stay tuned.

Nymping

Nymphing has been fair lately using the following patterns:

  • #16, #18 SH Grey Ray
  • #14, #12 Orange Scud
  • #18 Black Caddis Pupa
  • #16, #18 Olive Flashback Pheasant Tail
  • #18 Black Tung Teaser
  • #18 Quill Nymph
  • #4 San Juan Red Wire or two-tone Wine Chanile Worm.

Streamers

With so much water coming over the dam spillway a large number of shiners are washing over from the lake into the water.  The fish have been going crazy gorging on this bait food.  So, top drifting of twitching a white clouser-like pattern just under the surface along the banks has been extremely effective and the takes can be explosive.  Try these patterns:

  • #6 Emerald Shiner
  • #4, #6 White or Cream Wolly Bugger
  • #6 Thin Mint Wolly Bugger
  • #8 Squirrel Leach
  • #4 Grey Zonker
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Monday, 07 September 2015 00:00

Bighorn River Massive Trico Hatch!

The Trico’s have been coming on now for a couple of weeks, but this week the hatch was incredible.  The hatch has been starting around 6:00 am and if you can get on the river early you will see huge columns of Tricos funneling up from the river with the rising sun silhouetting them in the background.  What a sight!

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While the hatch has been over by around 10:00, for a couple of days it lasted until noon.  There are numerous spots where there will be literally hundreds of fish feeding.  Once the spinners hit the water the entire flat is covered with fish heads devouring the spent duns.  If you have the right patterns for the duns, emergers, and spinners it is not uncommon to net over 30 fish on dries.

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I was fortunate enough to fish with the owner one day last week and we figure we had over 70 fish netted by 12:00.  Forget about those we lost.  Look at the beautiful 19” Rainbow and Brown we landed as a double.

Here is the good news.  I have talked to several guides who think the Trico hatch could last well into October.  If you love fishing for dries and can carve out a few days to get here I would highly recommend you try.  This is as good as dry fly fishing gets.  Give us a call and get an update at any time but as always it is best to strike while the iron is hot.  See you on the river!

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