With a break from shows and reservations for a bit, we decided to take advantage of the 50 + degree weather. The fish are eating well and river traffic remains minimal. Besides a bit of wind, all else is ideal for winter fishing. This is a great time to take advantage of our discounted off-season lodging and boat rentals. Give us a call for more details.
One thing to remember for winter fishing the Bighorn, and probably the biggest success ticket to catching a lot of fish, is that our trout are very concentrated. Many runs that held fish this past Fall do not have any fish in them at all right now. There are a lot of fish in the slower 3-5′ deep water, but there are a surprising amount still in some of the faster shelves. If you hook a few fish out of a run, stick it out because there are likely a lot more in there.
Your nymph rig right now should consist of the following patterns: Orange Scuds (12-16), Firebead Ray Charles (Tan, grey 16,18), Standard Ray Charles (Tan, Grey 16-18), Red Midge Larva (18-20) and Zebra Midges (black 18-20). Adjust your weight accordingly.
The streamer bite has been pretty solid as well, even in the bright sun. A tip definitely helps and often times the fish have liked a slower strip. Black seems to be the color of choice, although some of the flashier baitfish type of patterns work well too (JR’s Conehead, Sculpin Sparkle Minnow, Zonkers). Dredge through some of the deeper slots and you will be rewarded.
A few fish up on top here and there. We’ve seen a few Baetis and midges kicking around. Give it a few weeks and we’ll be in business.
It looks like a span of very good weather for the next week, so come out and take advantage of Montana’s best winter fishery!
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