It looks like the Bighorn may have hit its peak flow rate for the season @13300 CFS, at least we’re hoping so! Despite the high water the fishing has been good and consistent and there is very little pressure this week.
Sowbugs and worms – that’s all you gotta know! We will be stuck in dredging mode here on the Bighorn for a while, or until flows come down around 8k. Eddie Vedders, SH Rays, Carpet bugs, Firebeads (all in tan, size 14-16) are the picks for Sowbug patterns. The worm fishing has been a bit more hit and miss than it should be for this time of year, but some fish are really keyed in on them. Wire worms, 2 Tone Chenille Worms and Improved Atomic Worms are about all you need. Most of our guides are running at least 9′ from indicator to split shot and quite a bit of lead or a big putty log.
The streamer bite has been very good as there is a steady stream of minnows pumping through the dam. Not quite as good as last year, but good enough! Smaller minnow patterns are still king on the upper 4 or 5 miles, while black and olive have their place down lower. Don’t get discouraged if you have a lot more chases than eats. Some days that’s just the way it is!
For future flow projections, we are looking at water starting to drop, hopefully, in a couple weeks. We are sure ready for good ol’ summer dry fly fishing!
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