Big Horn Spring Fishing at it’s Best

Big Horn Spring Fishing at it’s Best

April 26, 2013 12:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
BA Head Guide David Palmer fishing dries all Orvis'd out.  Digi Camo hat, pro guide waders, henrys fork boots, gale force pack, H2 rod, Mirage reel and hydros line.

BA Head Guide David Palmer fishing dries all Orvis’d out. Digi Camo hat, pro guide waders, henrys fork boots, gale force pack, H2 rod, Mirage reel and hydros line.

The word is out and the angling public has embarked on the Bighorn Valley to take advantage of the exceptional weather this weekend and some stellar dry fly fishing.  Traffic according to our books will drop off by Monday.

We are in that quintessential period of spring where both the midge and blue winged olive emergences are both present daily. The dry fly fishing has been the best in the afternoons and evenings when bwo’s are popping and midges are clustering.  Single midge fishing can be great in certain areas for dry fly die hards in the am.

With the midge hatch at it’s peak fish are gorging on midge pupa.  Remember that fish will key into these ascending midge pupa anywhere in the water column. Dead drift, trailed behind a dry in the surface film or “swung” to the surface using the leisenring lift will all be effective.  Dark, slender mayfly nymphs imitating the bwo nymphs are also must haves especially in the afternoons.  Wondernymphs, killer mays, p tails, rs 2’s and quills will all get it done.

On overcast days streamer fishing has still been productive.  Black has been good of late with either red or blue flash.

Remember: Soap creek is putting mud in the river on most day now with snowmelt and with any new rain. The lower river is probably not your  best option now and you may be limited to the left bank for two miles above Bighorn Access.

Stomach sample full of midge pupa

Stomach sample full of midge pupa

Quick dry fly video from the other day

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