December on the Bighorn continues to impress the anglers willing to make the trip to this great year round fishery. The browns are in full spawn mode as we speak, but there are plenty more fish to target. We have seen many of the bigger rainbows fill in behind the main reds, especially on the upper 3, but you can find these creatures on the entire river right now. The grass is almost nonexistent as well!
Streamer fishing has been pretty crazy most days. The water temps are still a bit above normal for this time of year, so there are still plenty of fish in the shallow that are willing to play. From banks, to shelves, to middle guts of runs, you can’t go wrong right now. As far as hot patterns, it honestly doesn’t seem to matter! The only thing to stay away from is gigantic 6″ articulated bugs, other than that, your standard shades of olive, tans and other drab colors have been the ticket (Zonkers, CH buggers, T& A’s, JR coneheads). I even caught fish on Black/Blue mini Steelhead Intruders yesterday…
A few fish are found up on the surface on calmer days. This week should be good for those looking to throw some small dries. A handful of Baetis and Psuedos are still around and we have seen fish getting back on the Midge program which should last through next Spring.
We will closing the shop this Saturday as we are preparing to hit the road and do some winter shows. However, our lodging will remain open and we will rent boats as well. Give us a call if you need some last minute accommodations!
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