With weather patterns up and down, it’s been tough to settle into consistent winter fishing on the Bighorn. Weekends have still been very busy. Yes, busier than any winter traffic we have seen in the past. Fishing has been pretty decent, but will continue to get better as the weather stabilizes.
Water temps are now close to their lowest point for the season. This means a few things :
-Fish mid day when the water temperature is at its peak. This is also when our fish spend the most energy feeding.
-Fish the deeper slower runs and don’t leave them if you are hooking fish. The Bighorn fish are getting really concentrated now as the spawn has ended and they are in their winter lounging mode.
Nymphing has been the way to go for consistency. Same ol’ winter patterns work everyday. SH Ray Charles (pink, tan), Orange Scuds, Small Firebead Sowbugs, Black Zebras, Red Midge larva. Most importantly – adjust your weight and areas you are fishing. It’s much more important than the fly selection.
Midges are bringing a few fish to the surface and the occasional BWO’s are found in certain areas. Expect these fish to be fairly spooky and a good presentation is a must!
Winter rates are still in effect through mid February on guiding and lodging!
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