The winter fishing has been very good lately on the Bighorn. We are experiencing warmer (mid 40’s to low 50’s) weather, although the wind has still been a factor. Yesterday we got out of the shop for a bit and did some winter fishing research. The streamer fishing was surprisingly good and the fish were pretty grabby. Nymphing was solid in slower deeper runs and typical winter spots. The fish are eating very subtle so set the hook on any slight motion of your indicator. Our best nymphs included: Firebead Ray Charles in pink and grey (14-16), Pink soft hackles (14-16), Black zebra midges (20) and Red Midge Larvae (18-20). As far as streamers are concerned, the fish seemed to like natural and ginger rabbit colored patterns like zonkers and also Lead Eye buggers. Some other anglers have been doing well with black/red combinations as well as solid black and solid white patterns (zonkers, buggers, mini T& A’s).
Water temps remain a bit cooler than they normally are and fish are feeding hardest during mid day. There is a fair amount of grass flowing and still left on the bottom of the river. Several runs have cleaned out for the winter, but some remain grassed up.
We are available for boat rentals and guide trips all winter long. Warm weather (relative) for this time of year looks to be in the future, so get out here and fish!
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