It’s finally winter in the Bighorn Valley. Extreme cold temps from last week’s storm have cleared the river from drifting grass and the clarity is back that we’re used to! A handful of people out there braving the weather, but most of them concentrating on our great late season waterfowl hunting. Flows are still steady at 3700, which is perfect for the Bighorn!
The brown trout are wrapping up their spawn deal but a few are still on beds, so still look where you are treading.
Midges will dominate on the surface as declining water temps have fizzled the BWO’s out. Look for warmer, windless afternoons to be the prime conditions for surface activity.
Standard winter Bighorn bugs (Orange Scuds, Black Zebras, SH Ray Charles, Red midge larva) are about all you need now until March. The majority of the post spawn fish will begin moving into the slower parts of runs again, so look to these areas to produce the most consistent fishing.
Streamers are still getting it done, but not quite like it was (water temp drop). Smaller bugger and leech type patterns in Black, Olive and brown seem to be the best options.
We are getting a lot of calls regarding 2018 flows. As it stands, snowpack is in the 140% range and the lake is about 90% full. We are planning, although not hoping for, higher water in that later May-June period. Who knows for sure, but just an assumption to keep in mind when booking for this upcoming year.
Winter rates on lodging and trips still in effect until the end of the month!
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