With the weather in the mid 40’s it was hard not to get out on the river. Streamer fishing from the boat right now is simply a home run. The small browns in the 13″ -15″ range are grabbing your streamer in the main runs almost constantly and you will pick up a few bigger fish throughout your float. Small white streamers fished consistently either on their own or trailed behind a bigger olive or brown streamer.
The nymph fishing was decent out of the boat as we hit fish in all of the likely spots. The one fish I pumped had a few really small sowbugs in it and a few eggs dropped by the spawning browns. A size 18 Grey Ray or Firebead sowbug with a root beer midge was pretty consistent.
The dry fly fishing continues to amaze us this year on the Bighorn. The fall baetis this year have been simply mind boggling. Despite high winds, bright sun and the fact that it’s mid December a nice baetis emergence came off mid day. The high water years have done incredible things for the bug life on this river. Amazing emergence’s have resulted from the high flows clearing out the many years of siltation and the insects have flourished.
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