Bighorn River Summer Photo Essay

Bighorn River Summer Photo Essay

July 21, 2015 6:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If there is another river that offers a greater diversity of angling opportunity in the summer season than the Bighorn I sure have not found it yet. While the Bighorn makes relatively novice anglers look like heroes in the hands of a competent fishing guide and the aid of an indicator nymph rig, the beauty of the Bighorn lies in the lifetime of challenge it poses for the most experienced angler. The summer season on the Bighorn allows anglers to hone their angling skills by incorporating a wide variety of techniques on any given day.

Over the past few days I have been able to take fish in a variety of ways including –  match the hatch dry fly situations, dry fly prospecting from the boat, nymphing with an indicator from the boat, sight nymphing with no indicator in shallow riffles, nymphing with a dry-dropper, swinging soft hackles during an emergence and fishing streamers in every kind of water.

The bountiful angling opportunity the Bighorn river provides is at it’s peak in the summer season and is why I rarely leave my home waters to fish elsewhere during the summer months.  The Bighorn allows me to continually reinvent the way I fish my home waters and evolve as an angler. The rewards of fly fishing lie in the journey, and the Bighorn may just provide a journey unlike anywhere else.

– Steve Galletta

Anglers on the Bighorn can find success in a variety of water during the summer season.

Anglers on the Bighorn can find success in a variety of water during the summer season.

Bighorn trout move up into shallow water riffles to feed on summer insect emergences. Anglers can find excellent sight nymphing opportunities fishing with no indicator at this time.

Bighorn trout move up into shallow water riffles to feed on summer insect emergences. Anglers can find excellent sight nymphing opportunities fishing with no indicator at this time.

Bighorn Brown trout

Your average Bighorn trout is healthy and strong this time of year after gorging on insects throughout the Spring season. Anglers are amazed at how acrobatic the rivers Brown Trout are when water temp’s reach the mid 50’s.

Bighorn River fly fishing

Prospecting with dry flies or a dry dropper rig along the banks is a fun way to catch fish on the Bighorn River. Evening’s are especially productive during Black Caddis emergences. Here Bighorn Angler Guide Bryen Venema hooks on a trout that took a caddis pupa fished under an ant pattern.

Bighorn River Summer Fishing

Because of the number of juvenile Brown Trout in the Bighorn River streamer fishing is especially productive during the summer season. Here anglers streamer fish thru the Bighorn Rapids on a bright sunny day.

Bighorn Trout Fishing

Bighorn Angler guides Bryen Venema, Steve Galletta, George Young , Seth Byler and John Sindland take a break to get a bird’s eye view of the river above Grey Cliffs.

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