Bighorn River Fishing Report: February, it’s not just for Valentine’s

Bighorn River Fishing Report: February, it’s not just for Valentine’s

February 16, 2013 12:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
Scott hooked up right off the boat ramp

Scott hooked up right off the boat ramp

Winter Nymph Fishing

The somewhat mild February has the fish in a good mood. They are in their typical winter lies, slower, deeper water. Their diet is sowbugs and midges right now. We found a lot of small red, olive and cream midge larva in stomach pump samples. Zebra Midge patterns imitating the midge larva, in all these colors will get you into fish.  As the water warms midge pupa will become increasingly more effective.

Winter Dry Fly Fishing

Midges are the main dry fly action right now and will continue to be for the next few months.  Calm days have fishing rising in prime runs throughout the day.  We saw a few sporadic blue winged olives on the surface yesterday. The baetis hatch will be sporadic for a while but fish will take notice even when just a few are out.

Fish are running 14 to 18 inches with the average fish being 16 to 17 inches and they are all really healthy right now. Just be sure to dress warm, carry a dry bag for extra clothes as the day warms up. Late afternoon can cool off quick this time of year but the fish action is worth it.

 

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