It looks like we’re in for a turn of events on the Bighorn. Yesterday we had several reports of solid Black Caddis fishing. Yes, it’s a little early, but after a drought of dry fly activity, we’ll take it. Count on 3 Mile down being your prime location for dry fly activity. Good numbers of Yellow Sallies are showing up from 3 Mile and below as well. It’s not quite hopper season, for those wondering, although you will get a handful of eats on some of the foam stuff.
We’re still dealing with quite a bit of ‘moss’ in the river, although the summer grass is starting to fill in. Boat fishing remains a bit of a challenge, while wade fishing remains the prime opportunity to catch #’s. With the fish turning to Black Caddis pupa in the afternoons, expect the boat fishing to pick up. For the most part Sowbugs and a few Sallie nymphs are what’s in the gut. Smaller patterns such as SH Ray Charles and Standard Rays (Tan, Grey 16-20), Poxyback Sows (18-20), Softhackle Sowbugs (pink, tan 16-20) are still the main choices. For the Black Caddis and Sallies try Poodle Sniffers, Olive FB Pheasant Tails, Tung Sallie or Kyle’s BH Sallie. The majority of fish are starting to slide up in the faster gravel shelves, so look before you step!
From this point on, look for our start of prime summer dry fly season to just get better. The rest of the state has hit most of their peak hatches and we are just in the early stages. We have a bunch of great local patterns at the shop this season, so stop in to fill up your boxes!
Our annual Carp Tournament is less than a week away. There will be some pretty good partying going on the nights of the 15th and 16th. Don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a brand new Adipose Flow Skiff!
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