Bighorn River Report: Rising Water

Bighorn River Report: Rising Water

May 14, 2010 7:23 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The river will be rising today and tomorrow. It will end up at 5,000 cfs by tomorrow evening (5/14). Two days ago (5/12) was a killer Baetis day. Lots of insects and lots of fish up. I would suspect that the increased flows will have an adverse effect on the dry fly fishing, but we’ll see. The Baetis hatch comes off mid-afternoon. When the water stabilizes, the surface action should be good once again.

Cream midge larvae patterns have been top producers in the morning. We tie several different patterns with olive-cream colored bodies and black heads. Size 18 seems to work best. The Zebra Midge, Young’s Midge Larva (brown Coats & Clark thread), and Root Beer Midge have also been effective. Baetis Nymphs patterns come on strong in the afternoon. Productive patterns include the Flashback Quill Nymph, Olive Pheasant Tail Nymph, and Downey’s Wonder Nymph. Sowbug and Scud patterns have also come on strong with the higher water. Size 16 Soft Hackled Sow Bugs and Tan Ray Charles are working well.

Baetis duns and midge adults are what you need for dries. The Student is still chugging along, as are CDC Baetis Sparkle Duns and Sipper Midges. Size 20 has been the preferred size.

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