Bighorn Fishing Report – Midges Are Here!

Bighorn Fishing Report – Midges Are Here!

March 8, 2013 8:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts
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Anglers dry fly fish the drum hole.

 

We have been starting to consistently see a lot of fish up on midges in the afternoons.  Ideally, the cloudy windless afternoons are the best, but you will encounter feeding fish in the sun as well.  The Upper 3, as well as flats and side channels below 3 mile will provide the most activity.  Many of the fish we found were in super skinny water and required exact presentations with small tippet.  Like 6X small.  Expect some of these fish to test your patience.  CDC Transitional Midges and Smoke jumper Midges in size 20 were the best fly patterns for the pickiest fish.

The Nymphing has been stellar if you know where the fish are.  Unfortunately, they are not spread like grass seed as they are in the summer, but rather in the slower flats, deeper runs and gradual dropoffs.  A Pink killer bug with a Black Beauty Emerger or  Black Tungteaser (20) provided the most action.  Small Grey and Pink Firebead Rays (16-18) are still pretty good too.  Make sure you are rigged deep enough.  At least 8′ from indicator to shot.  A single BB will suffice, but add a B in deeper water.

We’re looking at a warmup for this next week, so expect the streamer fishing to get more consistent, especially on the lower river.

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