We’ve got a little break in the action from the busy Spring crowds. Still a few folks around, but fishing has been up and down. It’s transition time on the Bighorn, which means fizzling out Spring hatches, rainbows finishing up the spawn and getting ready for the awesome Summer ahead of us. This is also the time of year where we see quite a bit of algae, especially below 3 Mile. Very low flows amplify it as well, but good news is has reached its peak growth and should be clearing out soon.
So the bottom line – does it suck? Not quite, but it’s definitely more work to make them eat, BUT, we are seeing A LOT of big fish in the system. So yeah, it’s tougher than it has been, but it’s a small window until prime Summer fishing gets here. Nymphing remains the best bet with the little stuff – LBF’s, Quills, MacGrubers, Zebras, Rootbeer Midges. A few people are picking up fish on Sowbugs and Scuds as well.
At this point, we’re expecting flows to stay low throughout the summer. The good news is low flows = cold water for the rest of the Summer!
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This post was written by Pete Shanafelt