Big Horn River Fly Fishing: Midges & BWO’s

Big Horn River Fly Fishing: Midges & BWO’s

May 8, 2013 4:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
Steve and Glacier Nymphing the Upper 3

Steve and Glacier Nymphing the Upper 3

Summer like temp’s have moved into Montana.  With most of the popular freestone rivers now blown out, anglers are finding refuge on the states tailwater rivers.  Anglers are being greeted on the Bighorn by terrific hatches of both blue winged olives and midges.

The midge hatch the past few days has been particularly awesome. It seems like one hatch or the other is full blown out there each day, with both emergences overlapping most of the day.

Best Bighorn River Dry Flies

Midges
Twilight midge, griffith’s gnat, student’s cdc emerger, transitional midge, parachute adams, hanging midge

BWO’s
Cripple thor, sipper emerger, tailwater dun, cdc thorax dun, cdc sparkle dun

The nymph fishing has been great out there also.  With the sustained low flows we have seen this spring, anglers approaching the river as if it is a big spring creek are having some great wade fishing for big fish in skinny water.  The boat nymphing in the main runs has been great as well.

Best Bighorn River Nymph Patterns

Firebead soft hackle sowbug, grey ray charles, soft hackle killerbug, zebra midge, juju midge, rootbeer midge, tungteaser, kf flasher, juju baetis, wondernymph, big bear emerger, rs-2, quill nymph

Shaun Lawson of Yellow Dog Fly Fishing With a Great Dry Fly Brown

Shaun Lawson of Yellow Dog Fly Fishing With a Great Dry Fly Brown

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