As many may know the Bighorn has increased dramatically in flows, but not quite as high as we expected it would be earlier this week. The river is now flowing at 5,510 cfs, and many anglers are thrilled to see the change in flows. Sections of river are now fishing better than ever, as back channels that were completely dry the season before are now becoming great holding spots for trout. Many spots that held fish in the past low water seasons are now gone. Concentrate on the slowest water you can find as the majority of fish are holding in those areas. Unfortunately, the dry fly fishing has been almost non existent as water temps remain cold, but the fish’s aggressiveness towards nymphs and streamers is making up for it.
Stomach samples yielded high amounts of red midge larvae as well as some tan and olive. Key nymph patterns this past week included Firebead Ray Charles (pink, grey 14-16), Wire worm – red, Red tubing midge (18-20), Black Zebra midge (18-20) and Cream zebra midge (18-20). Effective streamers include Black/blue Rubberleg Bugger (4-6), Sparkle minnow – Sculpin (4-6), Peanut envy – Black, white, and Pearl Zonkers (4-6).
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