Fishing Report – Moss Fest 2014, The Saga Continues…

Fishing Report – Moss Fest 2014, The Saga Continues…

July 1, 2014 1:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Good news for fisher persons of the Bighorn.  Flows have increased to 3500, and will be at or around 4500 by Friday. We can’t give you an exact date of when we will see a decrease in the amount of moss in the river, but the good news is we are starting to see it die off a bit and these higher flows should kick it out a bit faster.   Luckily, if you are willing to think outside of the Bighorn box a little, the fishing remains great.

Streamer fishing has been red hot several days this past week.  White has been the most consistent color with patterns like Zonkers, Krystal Buggers and Clousers (size 6-8) being on our lines most of the day.  Contrasting colors such as Black and olive have also had their place.  You do not need sink tips, but a short one can keep your bugs under the moss.  Concentrate on faster paced water with patchwork rock and moss bottom. You will be rewarded.

 

Matt was rewarded with this brown by chucking streamers all day.

Matt was rewarded with this brown by chucking streamers all day.

Nymphing is good, depending on your approach.  Fishing from the boat has been a bit tough as a good portion of your drifts will come back with moss on them.  The upper 3 has had the cleanest drifts.  Wade fishing on the other hand lets you manage your drifts a bit better and gives you more chances at the sweet spots if you happen to interfere with the moss.  However, there are not wade spots everywhere, so spend a little time looking for the clean gravel.

A few PMD’s have been spotted this week, but dry fly fishing overall is inconsistent.  Ants and beetles still are producing steady results, but you will have to work to find fish.  Not a good numbers game right now, but in a few weeks it should be.

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