The past few days of fishing have been down right awesome. We have seen more 20+ inch fish in the past few days than we have seen all year both rainbows and browns. Both the nymph fishing and dry fly fishing is good to great everyday. The water is still cold, very cold for this time of year, give or take 50 degrees depending where you are on the river.
With the cold water the hatches have been trickling off the river each day. There are plenty BWO’s, Pseudos, PMD’s, Ants/Beetles and Black Caddis to bring trout to the surface. Sub surface imitations for all of the above hatches will get you into fish underneath along with sowbugs. Nymph fishing from the boat in general has been awesome with a lot of fish in the faster water and center of the river
Afterbay – Three Mile Access Nymphing has been great throughout the day both from the boat and in the riffles. Sowbugs pink or grey with a small mayfly nymph such as a black quill, juju baetis or rs 2 will get you fish. Because this section of the river is the coldest you will see the least amount of insect activity. A few baetis/pseudos in the 20/22 range and ants and beetles will get you fish on top. Late afternoon and evenings are a great time to fish this section.
Three Mile – Bighorn Access Water gradually begins to warm as you move down river through this section. Bug activity is high on this section of the river. The bug activity is most abundant in the late afternoon when the water is the warmest. Pmd’s, pseudos and baetis will be on the surface. The hatches will not be very intense, but the fish know they are there and are eating them. Spinner imitations for these emergences are very effective. Sowbugs are effective throughout this stretch. Drop a baetis nymph below in the am and a pmd nymph or black caddis pupa in the afternoon. A dry dropper rig in this stretch is deadly in the shallows.
Bighorn – Mallard’s Access There are a few baetis in this section with a healthy dose of pmd’s and still a good number of sally’s. Fished an ant and parachute sally in all the likely areas yesterday and got fish in all the likely areas. Tungsten split case pmd or small bead head p tail below a terrestrial was very effective also. This is the section you want to be in to fish hoppers water is warmer and small 10 and 12 imitations working well, not great. Nymphing with worms, sowbugs and pmd nymphs is good all day. Look for irrigation returns to steadily build as you get closer to Mallard’s.
Mallard’s – Two Leggins Access This is not a great option for fishing right now unless you are looking for solitude. Water clarity is poor throughout due to irrigation returns. Working the hopper or streamers down here will be your best bet.
Categorised in: Fishing Reports
This post was written by Bighornangler