February Fishing Update

February Fishing Update

February 11, 2017 6:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Finally a big change of weather for us on the Bighorn.  We don’t know how long this nice break from the brutal winter will continue, but we are making the most of it.  It’s a little busy some weekends, but it is getting to be that cabin fever time of year.  The fishing remains great and the river is as clean as ever!

With the extreme temperature increase we have had major snow melt and the small creeks are now huge.  In other words, the river below Soap Creek is out of order for a while.  The upper ten miles continues to be clear of grass and is very clear.

red cliff collapse

Landslide on the upper 3

The whole upper river is fishing great and still mostly a subsurface deal.  Typical Bighorn fare (Firebead Sowbugs, SH Ray Charles, Big Orange Scuds, Zebra Midges, Red Larva) are your best bets.  Nothing too exciting.  Find the fish and they’ll eat a variety of bugs.   They are definitely in the slower, deeper runs so skip over those summertime riffles for the time being.  

Streamer fishing has been excellent all winter.  Keep it small, black and/or olive and you will be in business.  Rubber leg Buggers, Lil’ Kims, Thin Mints are good ones to have.  Sink tips are a pretty good idea right now. 


BA guide Kerry with a nice one

We have a pile of snowpack this season and flows are just under 3500.  We expect some more water soon and we’ll let you know as soon as we know.  Winter isn’t over yet!

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