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
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