Tag Archive for: Bighorn River Dry Fly Fishing

The Bighorn River is currently experiencing fantastic fishing conditions! With light crowds and clear skies, it’s a great time to be on the water.

Nymphing has been very productive, with sowbugs and midge pupae being the hot flies. Jellybeans, Cotton Candy, Carpet Bugs, Firebeads, Zebras, Green Weenies and various Perdigons are working most of the day. Read more...

The river is finally waking up and we’re seeing some excellent fishing!  The river is in fantastic shape and flows are right around 3000 cfs.  It was a busy weekend and expect the trend to continue!  We had some guide trips out this past week and they did very well and reported a lot of 16-20″ fish as the norm.  Read more...

The Bighorn River Transforms: Adapting to a Changing Current

The Bighorn River, Montana, has always been an approachable, consistent and easy to read river for most anglers. But sometimes a curveball is thrown, and the Bighorn has certainly been representative of that over the past few years. From dramatic water level fluctuations to earlier insect hatches, the river is demanding adaptation from even the most seasoned anglers. Read more...

We just had an arctic blast and looks like the weather will be with us for a bit.  The good news is the river has cleaned up and is back to great clarity and some grass on its way out.  The browns are in full spawn mode as well, so please be mindful of them! Read more...

Well things were starting to turn around last week with the water clearing a bit.  After the ferocious winds and varying weather patterns this past week, it looks like things have been stirred up making up for somewhat challenging fishing.  In other words, the fishing kind of sucks but there are fish to be caught…  We’re hoping that changes with the weather settling back to normal. Read more...

The past few years, this is generally the time of year where we experience lake turnover and excessive amounts of grass.  Thanks to the cold water temps and low flows this Summer, the river is in the best shape we have seen in years!  Sure, there’s a bit of grass around on the lower river, but not enough to hinder your fish catching abilities.  Read more...

The Bighorn continues to impress us with how long it’s giving us good fishing this Summer/Fall.

Good numbers of Black Caddis and Tan Caddis along with Psuedos have fish looking up as long, as it’s not too windy.  The fish have not been pushovers and are well educated at this point in the season, but plenty of big ones are available. Read more...

PMD madness continues on the Bighorn.  If you want to see the Bighorn in its prime dry fly glory, this is the time.  From about noon till dark, you will be able to find consistent heads up and plenty of bugs.  We’re seeing a handful of Caddis, especially below 3 Mile.  Read more...

It’s finally happening out here!  Great hatches of PMD’s, Black Caddis and even a few Tan Caddis are going on right now.  If you like ‘techy’ dry fly fishing for big fish, this is the time to be here!  Early afternoon – Dark will have plenty of targets up to fish to. Read more...

Things are heading in the right direction on the Bighorn.  The majority of rainbows have moved off their redds and back into the main runs making for plenty of shots at big fish.  River clarity is superb and water temps are still in the mid 40’s, but we are still having to fish through some moss, especially below 3 Mile. Read more...