After a couple week respite, the next wave of dry fly fishing is starting up on the Bighorn River. It is as technically demanding as any fly fishing there is.
Pseudos and tricos are showing up. While not many fish are on the hatches yet, fish are up on the spinner falls in the morning. Size 20, 22 and 24 flies are the norm along with 6x tippet and fish are at their highest energy level of the year. The bottom grass and floating junk makes any drift a challenge and fish are holding close to banks and bushes to get the easy food.
Bring your casting A game. Anything less than perfect will send you away humble.
If you want the easy fish, nymping on sow bugs, pheasant tails, and quill nymphs is productive in riffles and runs. Hoppers are still about but fish have seen thousands imitations now and not as easy as they were a couple weeks ago.
On Monday August 29th flows are scheduled to drop at 4pm from 4,500cfs to 4,000cfs.
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