Things are looking up for the Bighorn

Things are looking up for the Bighorn

October 28, 2017 3:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s looking a lot better for the Bighorn.  Water clarity has improved dramatically, although still not ideal, it is getting there.  Bugs are around, fish are back to eating on top, grass is clearing out and the river continues to fish better and better.  

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Lots of big rainbows still around. Josh Diller photo

Water temps are on the way down so fish have moved to noticeably slower deeper winter lies.  You’ll get a few fish out of the skinny water, but nothing like its was earlier in the fall.  Nymphing with a big orange scud and a tan or grey sowbug (Ray Charles, Carpet bug) has been the setup.  A Worm pattern is getting it done here and there as well. Don’t forget to add a little extra weight to drop down into the deeper runs.  

Streamer fishing continues to be really, really good.  Same as above with the nymphing guidelines – the fish are in deeper water so sink tips are a must for fishing the flats and guts of runs.  There are some fish left on the banks, but look to the slower water to capitalize.  The tandem big bug in front and mini streamer behind seem to be doing the trick.  Top bugs are: Black or Olive Krystal buggers, Thin Mints, Grinches, Black Sparkle Minnows and Squiddlys.  

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BA guide Bryen with a mess of big bugs

Yesterday we saw great numbers of Psuedos with a few Fall BWO’s mixed in.  The fish also noticed them and were up in several spots.  As the water continues to clear, expect the dry fly fishing to get better as well. We haven’t seen our push of Fall BWO’s yet, but should be just around the corner.

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