We’re finally getting some water back in the system (currently up to 3,000 as of yesterday), but how much more in the future remains the unknown. Water conditions continue to be somewhat of an issue. The lower half of 3-B will keep you frustrated with the salad bar open 24/7. The good news is that the fish are eating well through all of it, but getting your bugs to them is the challenge. A to 3 has been by far cleaner, but there are plenty of other anglers who think the same thing. The snowpack is looking good, so hopefully we can get a blast of water to get some of this junk out of the river soon.
Dry fly fans rejoice. The 85 degree weather and sun was our worst enemy the past few days, but it looks like we have a bit of weather coming in. Our Baetis should be back on their normal afternoon hatch program. Sparse patterns remain the top pick – Dill’s Dun, CDC Sparkle Duns, Olive Paraspinners and Smokejumpers. The main emergence has been occurring 1:30- 2:00 most days and there has been some pretty solid evening fishing with the spinners in spots. Midges in the early morning and late evening make for some extended dry fly hours. The fish haven’t been all that easy, but sometimes dropping a little Zebra or Foam wing RS2 under a bigger attractor is the ticket. Don’t forget about terrerstrials also. There are plenty of ants and beetles crawling around.
Subsurface, the fish are eating well, at times. Morning has been a little hit and miss with the early afternoon being the prime slot. Top guide bugs this last week were Juju Baetis, Glass bead Zebra Midge, Flashback Wondernymph, Tungteaser, Pink Softhackle Sowbug, Pete’s Carpet Bug and small (18-20) Soft Hackle Ray Charles. Look for the clean rock runs. Most fish are steering clear of the green carpet.
We are in full rainbow spawn season as well, so please be cognizant of these fish and let them be. Our rainbow population is not like it once was and anything we can do to help sustain it sure helps everyone.
It’s looking like a busy few weeks coming up on the Bighorn. As always, be aware of both boat and wade anglers and give everyone plenty of space out there. We’re all out there to have a good time and catch some fish.
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