The nymph fishing is simply awesome on the Bighorn River right now. Pink is the new grey at the moment as anglers are buying pink soft hackle ray charles and pink soft hackle sowbugs by the dozen. Two sowbugs fished in tandem or a sowbug with a bwo or pmd nymph below is the ticket right now.
Despite water temperatures being rather cold for this time of year(50-52 degrees) the fish are stacked in the fast water and riffles. The old adage “don’t walk on the fish” definitely holds true right now. You will find some of the largest fish in water one to two feet in depth.
As a general rule of them we are rigging our nymph rigs as such: Strike indicator at the top of your leader tapered 8 ft to your split shot or tungsten putty. 16″ to your first fly then 16″ to your second fly. Adjust your weight depending on the water that you are fishing.
Dry fly fishing is still quite good for experienced dry fly anglers. Pmd’s are out in the late afternoon for a few miles above Bighorn and then down from there where water temperatures are warmer. Bwo’s and pseudo’s are out river wide. If you bring your A game you will have a lot of fun fishing these emergences. Terrestrial fishing right now is good not great. Anglers fishing big dries on top will get a few nice fish along the way. To top it all off I saw a few trico duns the other morning around 3 mile. Cross your fingers we might be fishing this hatch in the next two weeks.
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