The recent cold snap has left the Bighorn Valley and we are now looking at a short span of some very nice fall weather. Fishing pressure remains low on the entire river and fishing is outstanding! There is still a bit of green tinge to the water as Bighorn Lake completes its fall turnover, but here is the low down:
Nymphing is excellent river wide with the usual suspects: Soft hackle Ray Charles (Pink, Grey 14-16), Poxy back Sow bugs (Grey 14-16), Tungteasers 18-20, Green wire PT’s 18-20, 2 Tone worms (red/brown, wine/brown), any small Baetis type nymphs work great right now.
Dry Fly fishing has taken a bit of a turn as we have seen large numbers of fall Baetis showing up. There are still a fair amount of tan and black caddis as well and the fish will eat them well when fished blind. Good patterns include Translucent Caddis Emerger, Double Duck Caddis, Smokejumper BWO, Hi Vis parachute BWO, CDC BWO biot dun, Dill’s black caddis.
Streamers continue to work very well and will only continue to get better. There are fish willing to eat on the banks, but also don’t overlook the middle of the river when fishing heavier sink tips. We have been fishing Bloom’s MRS buggers, Black and Sculpin Sparkle Minnows, White and natural Zonkers, and Conehead JJ specials.
Our Bighorn brown trout are not far off from beginning their 2013 spawn, so please be aware of gravel beds that may be used in the next few weeks.
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