Mid May Bighorn River Happenings

Mid May Bighorn River Happenings

May 17, 2018 10:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Bighorn is starting to fish more like the consistent Spring fishery we are used to.  Water temps have warmed up just enough that the fish are now spreading out into multiple areas of runs, making it a bit easier to find them vs. having a pile of fish in just a few spots.  Plenty of wade fishing options still available.  We’re seeing a bit of drifting green stuff in the upper water column, but not too bad, especially on the upper river.  It’s somewhat busy, but not out of control like it can be this time of the year. 

pete bow

Lots of big rainbows finally showing up

The Emerald Shiners are still kicking through the dam providing for some great streamer fishing on most days. Early and late in the day are still your best bets.  We have several new streamer patterns in the shop this Spring that work excellent to imitate these minnows.  Our best patterns have been ‘Zonker’ styles and small buggers.

We had some great cloudy weather this past week and coupled with warming water temps, produced some of the best dry fly fishing we have seen in several springs.  The Midges were so thick you could barely breathe and the Baetis carpeted the river.  There are few rivers in the West where you can have 5+ hours of consistent dry fly fishing and that’s why we love the ‘Horn!  The fish have not been terribly picky and most any of the standard CDC patterns work great right now.

For the nymphing game, Sowbugs are still king.  Pink is still the color.  A Baetis or Midge dropper are not a bad idea in the later morning and afternoons.  

bryen lake

Carpin’ is on!!




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