The calls continue to pour in asking if the pmd hatch has begun on the Bighorn. The answer is NO….
The fourth of July has past and we are now in full on summer mode. Air temperatures continue to hover around 90 degrees daily yet the water being released from the bottom of the dam remains ice cold at a 43 degrees. While angler’s are chomping at the bits to see size 14 yellow bodied mayflies floating placidly down the surface of the Bighorn, the fact remains we may still be 10 -14 days out.
Do not let this be a disappointment, the fishing
and catching is still great with the bow and Midge emergences that remain. Passing afternoon thunderstorms has created a rejuvenation of the bow emergence and anglers have been finding targets up on the surface daily eating size 20 and 22 duns.
Nymphing has been the primary method in targeting the rivers trout and anglers are turing up some nice fish with the indicator rig. Anglers targeting fishing in the skinny water and riffle water are having the most success. Stomach samples have been turning up sowbugs in every size range with worms, bwo’s and small midge nymphs.
Fly patterns such as the soft hackle ray charles in colors gray, pink and even tan have all been very effective for imitating sowbugs. Mayfly imitations such as juju’s, quill nymphs, and skinny bills have been very productive. Midge patterns such as rootbeer midges, red midge larvae, and the tungteaser have been working rather well. Lets not forget to throw worms as well, and not the worms they sell at the market! Worms in the colors of red with a hint of orange have been working great, as are worms in tan.
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