Mid January Bighorn River Fishing Report

Mid January Bighorn River Fishing Report

January 16, 2018 4:29 pm Published by 3 Comments

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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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  • Larry Ludlam says:

    Hey, looking for a 3 day guided trip in 2nd week of Feb. Looking for rates w/ room & board. I will be by myself driving out from Savannah, GA

    • Bighornangler says:

      Hi, We would be happy to get you set up for a trip. February is a great month to fish the Bighorn. We can do a discounted rate of $60 per room, per night (normally $85). I can get you a guided trip for $350/day (normally $425). We do not have any of our kitchen staff that time of year, but you are more than welcome to use our kitchen, which has about everything you would need to cook. Please give us a call and we can look at some possible dates.

      Thank You,

      • Larry Ludlam says:

        I was looking for a reply at my email address. Sorry…I am on my way to N. GA for a 3 day trout trip. I will call when I return. I look forward to a trip out west. What about Grey’s reef and miracle mile. Do you guide on them also.

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