Bighorn River Fall Streamer Fishing at its Finest

Bighorn River Fall Streamer Fishing at its Finest

October 19, 2017 5:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Strange water conditions continue on the Bighorn, but the fishing remains very good for October.  Clarity is still an issue but the fish don’t seem to mind too much.  The fall weather is amazing and the crowds are gone.  What better time to fish the Bighorn!

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Lots of nice browns showing up this Fall.

Streamer fishing has been very solid everyday, throughout the entire river.  No need to get up too early as water temps have dropped a bit and heat of the day is seeing the most fish activity.  A tandem rig with a bigger bugger up front and a small (8-12) pattern behind has been the killer combo.  Our best patterns have been Lil’ Kims, Thin mints, Sparkle minnows and JR’s coneheads.  A sink tip has been helping keep your bug under the drifiting grass as well.

The nymph game has been a bit more hit and miss.  Fish are still in the faster shelf type water and anywhere there isn’t a ton of grass.  The best combo has been a Big Orange Scud on top with a small (18-20) Ray Charles or Softhackle sow in tan or grey.  Lots of Psuedos are around so small LBF’s and quills work well in the afternoons as well.  

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Yep, the grass is still here.

We have been getting a lot of questions regarding when the river will return to normal conditions.  It will most likely be after we get a major weather change.  We are currently dealing with sediment in the water creating about a foot of visibility.  Some sources are saying it’s the residual from Wyoming runoff mixing into the system and others are saying lake turnover.  Whatever it is, it isn’t making the river look too great.  In reality, we don’t expect the river to be in prime shape until sometime in later November.  If you can get past the ugly green water, you will find the fish are very willing to eat your bugs.  

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