The recent cold weather snap has the river into gear. The Bighorn trout realize winter is upon us and are taking full advantage of all meal options. If you want some of the best the Bighorn has to offer, get here now!
Fall Baetis have really come out in droves and the fish are all about it. Plenty of Midges around late morning to get the fish looking up, then the BWO’s keep them going all afternoon (unless it’s windy). Top patterns include: Cripple Thors, Client Thors, CDC Sparkle Duns, pretty much any pattern in a 18 or 20 with CDC on it. Look for the whole river to have fish up on the surface.
Streamer fishing just keeps getting better and better! There has been no magic bug, but rather presenting your streamer in the right type of water. If anything, the smaller (8-12) sized bugs have been sticking fish, while the big articulated patterns are fun to fish and see, but the fish haven’t been committing to them as well. Concentrate on those slower, deeper runs with tips and you will be rewarded.
Nymphing has been on the backburner as the dry and streamer fishing has taken priority for most. However, it is still really good right now and definitely worth doing. Orange Scuds, Tan Sowbug patterns, Black Quills, Wondernymphs and Zebras are top picks for the week. Just like the streamer fishing, look for those slower parts of runs to find concentrations of fish.
Winter Discount pricing is on still here at the Angler. Give us a call for great deals on lodging and guide trips.
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