Dry fly season is still rolling strong on the Bighorn. Thick hatches of midges keep fish looking up all day. We have seen a decrease in the amount of Baetis, but a handful are still lingering. Cluster patterns such as the Twilight Midge or even our Spent Midge are good for aggressive feeding fish. Follow up with a Smokejumper or Transitional Midge behind. For Baetis fish, a CDC Baetis Cripple or Smokejumper Baetis is very hard to beat right now. We are seeing a handful of terrestrials out as well, so a lead fly such as a HiVis Para Ant or Hamburgler has been getting some attention as well…
A lot of anglers have noticed the nymphing to be a fair bit tougher than normal for this time of year. It could be because so many fish are focusing on the upper water column, and concentrating on the mass drift of pupa and other emerging insects. Just a thought. Whatever the case, subsurface fishing is still good enough, you just have to pick your spots. The fish are still concentrated and in large quantities. Top nymph picks are the same as it’s been – A sowbug on top, midge on bottom in the morning, then switch out your bottom bug to a Baetis nymph in the afternoon. SH Ray Charles, Firebead Ray Charles, Natural Sowbug and Orange scuds are all good lead bugs. Good followup bugs include Glass Bead Zebras, Olive FB Pheasant Tails, Red/Black Midge, Dill’s Cream midge or a Wondernymph. It’s getting a little mossy from about the rapids down, so be prepared to dodge some floating obstacles.
The spring crowds have showed up and the river can be a bit hectic, so please be conscience and respect other boats and wade anglers. There is plenty of room for everyone and enough fish to go around.
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