Mid September Fishing Report

Mid September Fishing Report

September 17, 2014 8:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Bighorn River continues to shine as we move into fall.  The river is running at a full 4,000 cfs, give or take a bit, providing plenty of places for trout to occupy.  Floating grass still poses a bit of an obstacle, but is mostly limited to the top couple feet of the water column.  Keep your bugs clean and you will get plenty of fish.

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This brown is starting to get his fall colors.

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Our famous Bighorn Tricos are in full force.  Beginning with the duns in the early hours of the morning right on through to the spinnerfall at about 10-11, the fish are looking up big time.  Most of your focus should be from 3 mile downstream.  There is some phenomenal trico fishing on the lower river, but not much else going on down there after the morning hours.  Have a wide variety of patterns.  Spinners have been sighted from size 16 females down to size 22 males.  Our favorite bugs include: Harrop Paraspinner 16-22, Polywing Spinner (cream or black 16-22), YFG Trico Dun, Micro Wulff cripple (18-20) and Parachute Adams (18-20).  There are a few lingering Psuedos and have been especially important on the cloudy afternoons.

Hopper fishing is still not much of an event as we move through September.  You will get a few eats here and there but overall pretty spotty.  The ant and beetle fishing has been a bit more consistent.  Patterns like ‘The Tick’ and ‘Blooms Hi Vis Ant’ are consistent producers.  Try these through your pods of Trico fish and you may be in for a surprise.

Nymphing -Well, it’s still good.  A lot of fish are still found in very skinny fast water.  Boat fishing has been excellent some days and slower on others.  Wade fishing has overall produced the most numbers. A to B it’s all good.  Below Bighorn has been a grass fest and very difficult to keep your bugs clean.  Ray Charles (tan, grey 16-18), Wire Worm (red 4-6), Tungteaser (black 20), Olive Pheasant Tails (18-20), Psuedo Wondernymph (20-22) and Cream Quills (20) are about all you need.  We have seen an increase in Orange Scuds in recent stomach samples, so throw in a few to your Bighorn arsenal as the fish have been particular to them, especially this past week.

Still some good stuff left on our fall close out sale HERE!

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