The sun has been shining, and the temperatures have been warm here in the Bighorn. We are expected to see a slight change in the forecast this next week, as temperatures will be reaching into the mid 30’s down to mid 20’s, with a few chances of snow showers. The water flows have been remaining relatively consistent, with the Bighorn now flowing at 2,490 cfs. The water is cold and we are still dealing with chunks of grass that have broken free, but it has improved immensely since the last time we floated. The grass that is present can have tendency to make drifts rather difficult, especially when throwing streamers, but that does not keep anglers from enjoying themselves.
We have been experiencing many days with high gusty winds, which has put a damper on dry fly fishing. There has still been a fare amount of bugs on the water, with the majority of the hatches consisting of small midges. The majority of baetis have slumped off, but do not be afraid to throw them, as there are still a few lingering around and fish will eat them. Nymphing has been rather productive, and finding a hole where they have stacked up is the key. The fish have moved into their winter holding spots, and nymphing can be solid in areas such as slow deep runs. We noticed that the strikes were very subtle, so be aware of the slightest movement your indicator may do.
Streamers patterns such as zonkers, lead eye buggers, and articulated patterns have been working well. Colors such as natural, ginger, black, and white have been been the go to colors. Other patterns with a mix of black and red, and yellow and brown have also been working quite well. Having a sink tip leader will be helpful in order to get down deep to cover as much feeding zones as possible. A simple sinking leader with a loop to loop connection will suffice.
Fishing has been the best around midday when the water is at its warmest, so no need to be on the water at 7 am. The browns have now finished their spawn, and we ask that you pay close attention to where you wade to make sure no spawning beds are ruined.
Dries– Smokejumper Midge (20-22), Micro Wulff Cripple (18-20), CDC Transitional Midge (20), Twilight Midge (18-20), Smokejumper BWO (20-22)
Nymphs- Firebead Soft hackle Rays (Grey, Pink 14,16), small blood worm or annelid patterns (16-20), Black Beauty emergers (18-20), Zebra Midge (18-20), RS2 (grey, black 18-20), Soft hackle sowbugs (Pink 14-18)
Streamers- BA Zonker (white, olive), Sparkle Minnow Sculpin (6), Squidly, Zonkers (white, natural), Clouser (6).
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