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Mid December Bighorn River Fishing Report

Shifting into winter mode here on the Bighorn.  The browns have just about wrapped up their spawn for the year.  We saw good numbers of fish on the redds this Fall, but not quite like the good ol’ days.  The positive side is that there were some BIG fish seen.  Angler numbers have dropped off significantly as most folks are chasing Roosters or waterfowl.  Depending on who you talk to, the river is fishing very good!

It’s that time of year to start sounding like a broken record – Fish the slow, deeper runs!  Post spawn fish have slid into many of these slots and will remain there until Spring.  Current water temps are around 42 F, and dropping each week. Flows are still stable around 3000K.  We would like them to be a bit higher…

Orange Scuds, Carpet Bugs, Zebra Midges, Red midge larva have been the ticket for the nymphing.

Streamer fishing is decent, not great.  Black, Olive, Yellow/brown color schemes seem to be the most productive.

We’re around the shop until Friday and then back after Christmas.  Always answering calls! Speaking of, make sure to get your reservation for 2020 in the books.  2019 rates still apply if booked before Jan 1!  

We wish for you and your families to have a great Holiday Season and thank you for being loyal supporters of the Bighorn River and the Bighorn Angler!