Bighorn River July Flow Update

Bighorn River July Flow Update

July 23, 2019 10:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It looks like we are actually headed in the right direction!  Flows are being decreased each day 500 CFS until we hit 7000 CFS Thursday afternoon.  It’s put some of the fish off a bit, but there are plenty of more who seem happy to eat your bugs!

Charlie with a good fish on a dry

Dry fly fishing is getting better and better!  PMD’s and Sallies are still around, but the fish seem to be liking the Black Caddis and leftover PMD spinners a bit more.  Have a variety of life stage bugs in your box and you’ll be ok.  Evening has been pretty prime and there’s not a whole lot of people taking advantage of it.

If you are looking to nymph and get some fish in the net,  the morning is by far the best time of day.  Late afternoon is getting a bit tougher as water and air temps are getting up there.  Best bugs this past week include: Wire Worm, 2 Tone Chenille worms, Pete’s Carpet Bug (14-16), Ray charles (tan, grey 14-16), PMD Wondernymphs, PMD Split Cases, Poodle Sniffers and Olive PT’s.

This could be the summer for hoppers.  We’re seeing TONS of them around with the last precipitation and higher than normal green grass.  There’s also a bunch on the water, and the fish have started noticing them..

We have some availability left in August, which will undoubtedly  be the best dry fly month of the year, the way things are going. Give us a shout!

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