Bighorn River at its Peak

Bighorn River at its Peak

June 17, 2018 4:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts


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It looks like the Bighorn may have hit its peak flow rate for the season @13300 CFS, at least we’re hoping so!  Despite the high water the fishing has been good and consistent and there is very little pressure this week.  

Sowbugs and worms – that’s all you gotta know!  We will be stuck in dredging mode here on the Bighorn for a while, or until flows come down around 8k.  Eddie Vedders, SH Rays, Carpet bugs, Firebeads (all in tan, size 14-16) are the picks for Sowbug patterns.  The worm fishing has been a bit more hit and miss than it should be for this time of year, but some fish are really keyed in on them.  Wire worms, 2 Tone Chenille Worms and Improved Atomic Worms are about all you need.  Most of our guides are running at least 9′ from indicator to split shot and quite a bit of lead or a big putty log. 

The streamer bite has been very good as there is a steady stream of minnows pumping through the dam.  Not quite as good as last year, but good enough!  Smaller minnow patterns are still king on the upper 4 or 5 miles, while black and olive have their place down lower.  Don’t get discouraged if you have a lot more chases than eats. Some days that’s just the way it is!

For future flow projections, we are looking at water starting to drop, hopefully, in a couple weeks.  We are sure ready for good ol’ summer dry fly fishing!

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