Bighorn River Fly Fishing: Clear Water & Hungry Trout

Bighorn River Fly Fishing: Clear Water & Hungry Trout

June 17, 2010 11:24 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A friend just got back from the Big Hole river yesterday and reported lots of high, out-of their-banks streams in the western part of the state. They’ve been getting a lot of rain over that way. Here on the Bighorn we’ve gotten our share of moisture as well, but the river is clear, water temps are edging upward, and the fish are hungry. This is a good place to escape if your favorite stream elsewhere is blown out.

Nothing has changed in regard to fly patterns; sowbugs, scuds, and San Juan Worms are still the top producers. My go-to rig has been a size 16 Pinky (pink soft hackle sow bug) on the upper fly with a #16 Gray Ray Charles Soft Hackle on the bottom. I’ve been using tungsten putty to get down, but a couple of BB shot will work too. Remember, you want to fish the edge of the fast water, not out in the heaviest current. The lower river below BH Access has been blown out the last two days because of rain storms.

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