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Bighorn River Fishing Report – June 12

Big ‘Bows are returning from the spawn and getting on the feed!

Water levels have come up just a bit the past few days to around 2350 CFS.  The increase in flows has helped out the fishing overall, but it’s not a gimme out there right now.  We still have a good majority of rainbows in the system finishing up the spawn.  The good news is we’re seeing many of these fish starting to return to the river and feed in their normal spots and the fish are BIG!

Our dry fly window has definitely wrapped up for a bit.  You’ll find some fish up in odd spots and late evenings.  There’s still a handful of Baetis and Midges around.  PMD’s and some Caddis should be right around the corner!

The nymphing has been pretty good in spots, but you need to know where those areas are and there are not a ton of them.  Many of the middle troughs in the main runs on the upper river and wade spots out of the moss on the lower have been the ticket.  Small bugs are the name of the game.  LBF’s, Black Quills, Wayno’s Baetis Nymph, Rainbow Warriors, Rootbeer Midges and various Zebra Midges have been the best.  You might even size down to smaller 20’s at this point.

There is some good Carp and Smallmouth fishing right now on the lake.  Smaller terrestrials (Ants, beetles) and Shiner patterns will get it done.

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