Bighorn River Flyfishing: Fishing Report

Bighorn River Flyfishing: Fishing Report

June 10, 2010 8:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The fish are still on a feeding binge. Two days ago I caught another rainbow who regurgitated worms and sowbugs when I landed him. Yet, the fish had to eat just one more. Currently, inflows into the lake are 13,000 cfs, but river flows are holding steady at 9,500 cfs. The lake is 93% full, so hopefully we won’t have to raise the water any more. Anglers on guided trips continue to do very well; do-it-your-selfers are having a tougher time. It all comes down to finding the type of water where the fish are holding and getting the fly to the bottom.

There are a lot of spawning rainbows out there. It almost looks like a salmon river in places – fish after fish lined up in certain areas. They should finish up soon.

Steve Hilbers floated the Bighorn to Mallards section yesterday. Streamer fishing was productive during the cloudy weather, but it shut down when the sun came out. Nymphing was steady. There were a ton of caddis on the stretch (Mother’s Day caddis), but the fish were not on them. Too much water.

A young angler admires a large rainbow he caught on a sowbug.

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