We are lucky enough in the Bighorn valley to sustain tolerable daytime temps during this part of the season. Those brave enough to battle the varying elements have enjoyed some excellent winter fishing on the Bighorn. Many anglers have taken advantage of our discounted lodging this year and we still have plenty of availability through early Spring.
Nymphing remains the ticket for numbers of fish. The water temps have finally cooled off and the fish have slid back into the slower portions of runs. Our winter flows are staged around 3000 cfs, making wading very easy and the main guts of the runs easy to get to. Stick to general Sowbug patterns such as Soft Hackle Ray Charles in Pink and Grey, Firebead Ray Charles (Pink, Grey), Worms (Stretch tube larva, Mini SJW’s) and general midge patterns (can’t go wrong with a red or black Zebra).
This is one of our favorite times of the year to streamer fish. Dredge the slower runs with a good long sink tip and you will stay busy. Smaller bugs like Thin Mint Buggers, Black and Blue Krystal Buggers and Pearl Zonkers will keep you hooked up. Again, color has not been so much important as dropping it into the fishes’ lane.
Expect our midge fishing to pick up as we move into February. There have been a handful of fish up on the calmer days.
Drop by the shop and say hi to Shelly. She can get you hooked up with the latest bugs, boat rentals and shuttles.
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