It’s happening on the Bighorn. The recent cool down and precip we received has kicked off the Spring Baetis in full force. They are found river wide all the way down to 2 Leggins access. Early midges in the morning have fish looking up as early as 7 some days. Baetis have shown up @ 1:30 some afternoons, but don’t be surprised if they aren’t around until 3PM. Our fish aren’t too picky yet, but give them a couple of weeks..
Top Baetis dries include: Smokejumper (black, grey 18-20), Dill’s Dun (18-20), CDC Sparkle Dun (Grey 18-20), CDC Paraspinner (Olive 18-20)
Midges: Smokejumper (black 18-20), Micro Wulff Cripple, Griffith’s Gnat, Cluster Midge.
The nymph report is still solid. Sowbug/firebead on top and Zebra midge or Baetis nymph on the bottom in the afternoons will get the job done. Still some residual vegetation from about Pipeline on down, but manageable enough to fish through. Find clean rock and you will find fish. Sometimes shallowing up your rig can make a world of difference. There are plenty of fish in the skinny water now, especially when the bugs get going.
Streamer bite in the afternoon has been pretty steady on some of the cloudier days. Sparkle Minnows (sculpin, black), Black T & A’s, Black Peanut Envys, Dirty hippies (tan) have been top producers this past week.
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