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Rick Gehweiler

Rick Gehweiler

The lodge welcomed Rick and Cheryl Gehweiler to the team as general managers in the summer of 2012. Their backgrounds in property management, the hospitality industry, and guiding brought a fresh outlook to the lodge dynamics. Avid fly fishermen, they have spent much of their free time fishing the Northwest, parts of the Bahamas and the Yucatan. Rick and Cheryl have been fishing the Bighorn each summer for almost 20 years prior to their employment at the Bighorn River Lodge. Their friendly attitudes, attention to detail, and fishing expertise will ensure that every guest has the experience of a lifetime.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:28

Spring Fishing

The Spring fishing on the Bighorn has been just excellent even with the higher water flows currently running at around 7500cfs.  Record breaking snow pack and a wet Spring has resulted in the higher flows from the Bighorn Lake. These higher flows have been great for the river, scouring out and rejuvinating the river bottom and creating excellent conditions for the hatches to follow.  While the wade fishing spots are a bit more restrictive the boat fishing has been very good.  Even with the water temp at around 39 degrees,  nymphing with #18 red  midge larve patterns under a #6 orange or red wire worm has been very productive.  Smaller Zebra midges,soft hackel grey rays and fire bead soft hackled sow bugs are also working well.  As the water temps warm up moving in to May the fish will continue to be even more active. Some drye fly action is available now as the midge and baetes hatches are coming on. All indications are that May should be a spectacular dry fly month.  If you are thinkng of making a trip to take advantage of these excellent conditions, we recommend that you call Cheryl at the lodge and book now as reservations are already filling up.
See you on the river!

 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 20:36

Bighorn River June fishing

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

Friday, 05 April 2013 11:24

Spring Fishing

Some warmer weather days in March has produced some excellent opportunities to knock off the winter rust and go fishing.  The fish have begun to move out of their deep winter holding areas into shallower water below some riffles and into some flats.  A strong midge hatch over the last 2 weeks have contributed to a change in feeding frequency and allowed for some pretty productive nymphying.  While successful patterns change with the day and time of day, I have had pretty good success with #18 grey rays and a #18 or #20 skinny nelson dropper.  Any good small black midge dropper will do well right now.  Small pt's are also worth a try.  The dry fly action is pretty challenging with the fish a bit spooky and selective on the midge pattern.  Samll BWO patterns with a midge emerger dropper is worth a try.   The snow pack is strong and with a full reservoir the water conditons for the river look good for this year.  The fishing is goo right now and will only get better.  This beauty was caught last Wednesday by a friend, and as you can see the rainbows, which are entering their spawning season are big, strong and full of color.  Check in with Cheryl at the lodge for Spring specials.  I am going out tomorrow and will report back.

Sunday, 04 November 2012 18:00

Bighorn River Fishing Report

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

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

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.

Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:00

Trade Show Season Ends With Success

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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