Bighorn July Hatches

Bighorn July Hatches

July 18, 2016 2:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

With Black Caddis, PMD’s and Yellow Sallies in full swing, there’s no excuse for not being on the Bighorn right now.  The entire river is fishing great and you can pick method you wish to catch them!  We’ve seen a slight increase in traffic over the past week, but that never slows our fishing down.

PMD Spinners in the AM, Black Caddis from about 11 until dark and Sallies and terrestrials in between.  The best mix of bugs has still been from about 3 mile to Mallards, but look for the caddis to explode shortly in the upper 3.  They sure are getting on the pupa up there…

amy brown

Terrestrial fishing can be a fantastic way of prospecting right now.  Ants, Chubbies, and the odd hopper eat here and there will kill some time between spots.

Bryen Ant

Bryen with a Bighorn anteater

There has finally been a change of nymph menu with the bugs showing up.  Sowbug imitations will still get you plenty of fish, but in the afternoons make sure you drop on either an Olive PT or Poodle Sniffer.  Our fish are really getting on the pupa.  A few PMD nymph patterns like Split Cases, Poxyback PMD and Wondernymphs aren’t a bad idea either.  And you can always catch a couple on the worm, if you’re really out of luck!

We had another excellent Carp Tournament.  Congrats to Mike Ward/Justin Waayenberg and Steve and J.J. Hilbers for tying for 1st place.  There was one of the best turnouts in history and the River Alliance party was a huge success.  Thank you to all the great donors and those who helped put it all together!

Carp Start

Waiting for the green light on the morning of the Carp Tourney

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