Late November Bighorn River Fishing Update

Late November Bighorn River Fishing Update

November 30, 2017 4:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts


It’s that time of year on the Bighorn where the brown trout are doing their thing.  A majority of the fish have got one thing on their mind and it’s not eating dry flies..  What does this mean as far as fishing?  The river is behaving quite a bit different than it was the past few weeks.  Water temps are still dropping to winter ranges, shifting the majority of fish to deeper, slower parts of runs.  Yes there are fish in very skinny water with clean gravel, but we advise against fishing to these easy targets…  There are plenty of other fish to catch, it’s the Bighorn.  Adjust your tactics and when you find some fish, don’t leave!

Our dry fly fishing is still good although the Baetis numbers are not what we saw earlier in the month.  Plenty of midges still around, so as long as it’s calm in the afternoons and evenings you will find fish up.  

For the subsurface (streamer and nymph) crowd, spend your time in the slower parts of runs, middle guts and tailouts.  They are not in the faster shelf water any longer.  Well maybe a few are, but you will find more in other areas.  

Smaller streamers – Buggers, Thin Mints, JJ’s are the best bets now.  We highly recommend a good sink tip line.

Nymphing – stick to Orange scuds, carpet bugs, Wondernymphs, quills, same deal as last report…


The weekends have been pretty busy, so visit during the week if you seek serenity.  

Lodging and guide trips are still at great rates for the rest of winter so give us a jingle!

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