State of the Bighorn – Summer 18

State of the Bighorn – Summer 18

July 2, 2018 2:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts


The Bighorn River is big – it has been for the past month. The good news is flows have started to drop! We are currently flowing at 10,000 cfs and dropping to 8,500 cfs over the next few days!  Despite being confined to fishing from the boat, fishing has been quite good and has provided anglers with a great fishing option with most of Montana’s other rivers and streams blown out.  Sowbugs, scuds and worms have been producing fished under a long leader with a generous amount of wait has produced fished consistently. Anglers will find the best action in slower areas or “nooks” along the river where trout become concentrated at these flows. With flows down below 10,000 cfs expect to find a few wade spots start to open up. 

The big question – what can anglers expect moving forward?  The good news is inflows into Bighorn Lake are dropping as are the outflows! The only thing holding us back from seeing further flow decreases into the river is that the lake is still in the flood pool.  We are probably a week out from seeing optimal conditions return to the Bighorn. Fishing continues to improve daily as river conditions come into shape.

When flows drop we expect to see our summer emergences coming off in full force. With flows up water is coming off both the top and bottom of the lake. This has put water temp’s in the upper 50’s, perfect for prolific insect emergences. Over the past three days we have seeing excellent Black Caddis emergences in the evening.  In addition caddis, we are seeing a few sallies in the lower end and we are not far off from another epic trico hatch!

There is limited lodging available during prime dates. If you still need to make lodging reservations, get ahold of us now! Call us at the shop with any questions. 406-666-2233. Great summer fishing is just around the corner!  




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