It looks like our majority of runoff is over for the Bighorn system. Flows have decreased from 7,000 cfs down to around the 4,000 mark. The past few days have been somewhat of a ‘transitional’ period. Our fish have been forced to relocate to different parts of runs. In other words, fishing has been great some days and very tough other days. At least the water temps have been slowly climbing back up. Expect flows to stabilize here in the next week and the fishing to become a lot more steady.
Sowbugs remain the bug of choice under the surface, with BWO nymphs as a close second. Softhackle Sowbugs (pink, tan 14-16), Orange Scuds (12-14), Ray Charles (grey, tan 14-16), Wonder Nymphs (18-20), JuJu Baetis (18-20) are all great choices. A few fish here and there on the worms, but not like it was. A handful of fish are still up in the faster shelves, but quite a few have moved back into the 3-4′ troughs.
We have had a few reports of fish looking up for ants and beetles in some of the skinnier water. This is about the time of year this can be a great prospecting method. You will get the odd eat on a foam hopper or chubby here and there as well. Make sure you have some Bloom’s Ants, Royal Ants, Hamburgler Beetles, Purple Chubbies and Black Chubbies. Drop a Tungteaster or Tungsten Micro May off one of these for some bonus fish.
It’s pretty quiet here on the river as the rest of the State is starting to come into shape. Hopefully our dry fly window is in the not too distant future and our main summer fishing should kick off. We’ll let you know what’s happening!
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