Bighorn River Mid-August Fishing Report

Bighorn River Mid-August Fishing Report

August 14, 2014 2:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
BA guide Bryen Venema and Owen with a nice rainbow

BA guide Bryen Venema and Owen with a nice rainbow

Most anglers are having pretty productive days out there depending on when they are on the water and how they are fishing. Fishing on the Bighorn remains quite good, I just wouldn’t classify it as “epic,” “stupid” or “lights out” fishing.  Everyone is coming in and grabbing different bugs; a little of this, a little of that. Streamers, caddis pupa, caddis dries, pseudo spinners, pmd spinners, hoppers, tricos, sowbugs and everything in between.  Point is be prepared for a little bit of everything out there right now.

The grass continues to grow up along the edges of the river slowing the current and making the faster water sections even smaller. Floating moss isn’t a huge problem on the upper river fortunately, but be prepared to fish the river like a spring creek. Don’t overlook any nook and cranny of moving water. Be prepared to fish nymph rig that are 8 feet from indicator to weight all the way down to 4 feet from indicator to weight.  Adjust your tactics and techniques according to the water that is available and that you are fishing at that immediate moment. Early in the am, and late in the evening have been especially good times to fish.

Caddis – Black Caddis started early and now are already fading. You still have a window in the late afternoon and evening it’s just getting shorter, are found in more concentrated areas and the fish that are up are pickier. Stick to A – 3 if you want your black caddis fix or down around last chance run in the evening. The fish are not crushing the pupa under an indicator like before either. They are still catching fish just not the main fair underneath right now. Fish are still slashing on the surface for pupa and a soft hackle or stripped pupa will get the job done. A handful of larger Tan Caddis can be found out there later in the day 3 – b and b – m.

Small bugs – solid hatches of Pseudo’s have been happening out there river wide. A small 20 or 22 cream colored nymph has been good in the afternoon under the bobber. The fish are eating them on top, both duns and spinners. Expect technical 6X fishing with flies down to size 24, 22’s with a perfect drift will often get it done. Overcast days will provide easier fishing on top with Pseudo’s. Trico’s – yes tricos have now been emerging daily below Bighorn Access. For all of you that never leave the upper river, if you want productive trico fishing right now you will have to venture out of your comfort zone and figure out the lower river!  Hopefully the tricos will make their way all the way up to the Afterbay sooner than later, but it’s not a guarantee.

Terrestrials – Ant’s and beetles are taking a few fish here and there. Anglers are having consistent stretches of hopper fishing here and there. Don’t expect it to be consistent throughout the day. Smaller hoppers in pink, peach and tan size 8 – 12 are your best bet.

Nymph FishingSowbugs are the main fair now. Mix in caddis pupa, small mayfly nymphs and maybe a scud or a worm. Fish the drop offs and riffles covering them thoroughly for the best fishing. Dry – dropper a very effective technique in these conditions to cover the shallow riffles that fish are concentrated in.

Streamers – Some guys are sticking with em and doing quite well. There is a lot of juvenile trout out there and the larger trout are preying upon them.  Clousers, olive or white zonkers, sculpzillas and your standard buggers are working well. Trail a caddis pupa 14″ behind the streamer when they are emerging and you will get quite a few eats stripping it behind the streamer.

Nymph Patterns: #16 – #20 tan and grey soft hackle ray charles, 18 and 20 pink soft hackle sowbugs, #20 cream quills, #18 poodle sniffers, orange skinny scuds

Dry Fly Patterns: #22 pseudo para spinners, #16 – 20 rusty spinners, trico thorax duns, trico paraspinners, hemingway caddis, bubbleback emergers, cdc caddis, morrish hoppers, translucent emergers and your favorite size 22 baetis pattern to imitate the pseudo duns, we like the cdc biot dun.

A plump ant eater

A plump ant eater

Guide Mike Faris with a fish on

Guide Mike Faris with a fish on

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