Fall Baetis on the Bighorn

Fall Baetis on the Bighorn

November 4, 2019 3:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

After this past cold front we have, the Bighorn trout have awaken and started looking up for the arrival of the Fall Baetis.  The cloudy calm afternoons have been very productive and the fish are up.  Don’t expect to see pods like we are used to of past years, but quite a few solo fish gorging on the big duns. The fish we have been finding are big!

Streamer fishing has certainly picked up and the whole river is fishing well.  Black or Olive remain the colors of choice.  Thin Mints, Krystal Buggers, Thinline Leeches, Hot Cone Slumpbusters and don’t forget the Bighorn Fall choice bug – the JJ Special.

Nymphing remains productive in spots.  Orange Scuds dominate followed up with Pheasant Tails, Rays or Carpet Bugs in Tan and Grey and the Eddie Vedder is a must have bug this Fall.

The water is heading in the right direction and becoming a bit more clear than past weeks.  Still a bit of grass to contend with, but we have seen the worst of it about Mid October.

Don’t forget to check out our Winter rates for Lodging and Guide Trips.  This is the time to come out for solitude and big fish!

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This post was written by Pete Shanafelt

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