We are in full Spring mode in the Bighorn valley! Stable weather conditions have made for some great fishing lately. This is the time of year when we do get a fair amount of wind, so plan accordingly. No matter the conditions, the Bighorn trout continue to fill their bellies. Flows are steady at 2900 cfs, but word on the street is that we will see flows at 2200 cfs by early next week. Great news for all you dry fly aficionados out there!
This past week we have seen a huge increase in the amount of Baetis on the Bighorn. Stick to the 3 mile area and below for the best chance at finding fish up on these Spring olives. Top bugs this week include BWO Sipper Emerger, CDC Sparkle Dun, Cripple Thor and Smokejumpers. There are still a bunch of fish on midges, especially in the evenings when the light drops. A Transitional Midge or Smokejumper is hard to beat right now when you find these fish.
Underneath, the nymphing has been great river wide. Boat fishing has been good some days and tougher the others. Wade fishing is key right now as fish are still stacked up in buckets and slower runs, although we are starting to see fish move into some of the faster shelf-type runs. Best nymphs this week include: Firebead Sowbugs (grey, pink #16-18), Skinny Scuds (orange #14, #16), Wondernymphs (#18-20), Olive PT’s (18-20), Red Midge larva (16-20), Bighorn Dips (Red, Black #18-20), Glass bead Zebra (Black #18-20) and Killer Mayfly Nymph (Black #18-20).
Sorry streamer guys, water temps are still cold so the fish are not chasing like crazy yet, but stick with it and you will find your fish. The lower you go, the better, as water temps warm a lot quicker during the day.
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