4th of July Weekend Update

4th of July Weekend Update

July 4, 2015 3:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Things are happening on the Bighorn.  We have seen our first good numbers of Black Caddis  and our fish are really getting keyed into them.  Expect the Yellow Sallies and PMD’s to pick up in numbers as well as we move through the month.  While things are getting tough on the other side of the state, the Bighorn continues to get better and better.


Putting some bend into old graphite

It’s not just a worm show anymore subsurface.  Recent stomach samples have yielded good numbers of Sowbugs, PMD nymphs and Black Caddis pupa.  The ol’ Wire Worm is still hard to beat as a lead fly with a Soft Hackle Ray, Tailwater Sowbug, Tungteaser or Split Case PMD to follow it up.  With the warmer water temps and increased bug activity, our fish have moved up in to some very skinny shelf water, so in other words, the fish are everywhere.

As mentioned above, our dry fly season is kicking into full gear, a little earlier than normal.  While we haven’t seen a ton of fish up yet during the day, the evening Black Caddis fishing has been stellar.  CDC Caddis, Palmered Caddis and CDC Caddis emergers are all getting the job done.  This is also a great time to experiment with terrestrials.  Patterns like Bloom’s Ants, Mini Chubbies, CFO Ants and Hamburglers are all getting plenty of eats.  It will be a while until hopper season, but we are seeing a good number of them around so keep your fingers crossed.


River flows have stabilized at 7,000 cfs and based on the current lake statistics, should hold there for a while.  As always, we’ll let you know of what’s happening out there.  We hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend and get out to fish!

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