The snow is falling here on the Bighorn and the fishing continues to be excellent. The crowds have managed to be small as we were one of four boats on the upper 3 miles today. Like we said in our last post the window of opportunity is starting to get smaller, so get out here and fish while you can! Do not put away your rods for the season yet, for we expect fairly nice weather this upcoming weekend.
The mornings into the late evenings fish have been rising to excellent midge hatches. Fall baetis have been great, as they have been hatching rather well into the late afternoons. Tan caddis are still making their appearance, but in very small numbers. As for the black caddis they have unfortunately faded away, but we enjoyed them while they were here. When it comes to nymphing go with basics, as sowbugs have been very effective trailed by small midge and baetis patterns.
For all of you that love to throw streamers be prepared to have a variety of different colors. There are many fish eating on the banks but focus on the center of the river when fishing heavy sink tips, and full sinking lines. Some great advice to go by is to switch up your streamer colors throughout the day. Olive, yellow, black and tan have all been working rather well.
Nymphs- Soft hackle Ray Charles (Pink, Grey, Tan 14-18), Poxy back Sow bugs (Grey 14-18), Tungteasers, Basic Zebras 18-20, Baetis (Olive, Black Wonder nymphs, JuJu’s, Quill nymphs 18-20)
Dry Fly- Hi Vis parachute BWO, CDC BWO biot dun, Sipper Emerger, Student, Translucent Caddis Emerger, and the CDC Transitional Midge 18-20.
Streamers- Bloom’s MRS buggers, Black and Sculpin Sparkle Minnows, Sculpzillas, White and natural Zonkers, and Conehead JJ specials. Have a variety of colors.
P.S depending on the temperature be prepared to pick the ice out of your rod guides.
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