We have experienced rain, snow, and wind, but the fishing here on the Bighorn is excellent! The current flow has remained stable this month at 7,520 cfs. The upper thirteen miles has been the float of choice for most anglers and guides, as the lower is now off color from the rain and freak snow storms. The majority of the dirty water flowing into the river has been caused from soap creek. We have still been receiving a fair amount of moisture and our high elevation snow pack remains at about 150% and Bighorn Lake is about 71% full. What does this all mean? Stable flows for the near future.
We have finally seen the ‘Blanket’ spring Baetis hatches the Bighorn is famous for and they will just continue to get stronger as the spring progresses. Patterns such as the Dill’s BWO, Sipper Emerger, and CDC Sparkle dun have been effective dry fly patterns. When it comes to nymphs – Wondernymphs, Killer mayfly, JuJu baetis, Quill nymph, Black Wing RS2, and the Copper Ribbed Foam RS2 are go to patterns.
Nymphing is still the staple method to catching fish in these higher flows. Soft hackle Ray Charles (14-18), Firebead Ray Charles (14-18), Soft Hackle Sowbug (14-18), and Killerbug (14-18) in colors pink and grey have been working well. Midge patters such as the Zebra Midge (18-20), Red/Black Midge (18-20), Rootbeer midge (18-20), and Beadwing midge in (18-20) have been fishing great. Remember to fish a long leader and adjust your weight if you are not getting the results you want. The river has been scoured clean so a little extra weight does not hurt at all.
As always, use extra caution when floating the Bighorn this time of year, especially when using the Bighorn/13 Mile Ramp!
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