Spring is here for sure and it’s early this year. Temps in the 70’s this past weekend brought people out of the woodwork. The river is in great shape, as well are the fish. This is a great time to take advantage of off season rates, as they will be up at normal price starting March 15. Guide trips, rental boats and lodging, we have it all.
A few fish found here and there during the day on dries, but not quite up to the consistent day to day activity. If you’re willing to stay out late (after 5), you will find a lot of fish up in the flats and slicks on the whole river. These fish have not been cooperative for everyone, but stick to any kind of small (20-22) CDC patterns like Smokejumpers, Students, Transitional Midges and you should get a few to eat. Baetis are showing up below Bighorn as water temps climbing just a bit, but no real sign of gorging fish yet.
Subsurface, stick to the normal winter/early spring program. Firebead Rays in Tan or Grey 16-18, followed by a Glass bead Zebra, Bighorn Dip or Black Beauty has been the most consistent producing rig. The fish are still up in faster than normal winter/cold water lies, so 2-3′ deep shelves, just a bit faster than walking speed.
Streamer fishing has become a bit hit and miss. Some days are good, some are tougher. Small and black continue to dominate, although everyone has their favorites. Black Squirrel leeches, Black T&A, Black and Blue buggers are our favorites. Olive or tan bugs have been a good runner up.
Look for the dry fly fishing to only get better from here on out as well as a little more competition on the river. Weekends have definitely been busier than the weekdays, but on the flipside, it could be 20 degrees and snowing!
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