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Monday, 15 July 2019 17:58

Bighorn River fishing is red hot

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If you have been waiting for the Bighorn River to really turn on, wait no longer. Our guides are reporting 10-20 fish per angler per day consistantly and the fish are big, health and strong. A lot of fish in the 18"-20" range with some up to 22". While flows are at 9,500 cfs currently the fishing is really good. If this liitle girl (my neighbor) can catch fish ( she had 8 this day) then by golly you can. The flows are expected to drop to 7,000 soon and 5,000 perhaps by the end of the month. The water temps are in the mid 50's which have the fish really agressive and on the feed. As the flows drop, all of the water will be coming through the turbine gates which should keep the water temps down. Nymph action is best on size #14 grey or tan Ray Charles and #16 Caviar Scuds along with with PMD nymphs, Olive Flashback PTs, pink Soft Hackle Sowbugs #18 Black Tung Teasers and Caddis Pupa. The other good news is that we are seeing PMDs, Yellow Salleys and Black Caddis. Dry flying action is on the rise as some fish are taking these patterns in the back eddies and fast riffles. As the water flows drop and the temps hold steady this could produce some epic dry fly action. Hey if this liitle girl (my neighbors) can catch 8 of these beauties in one day then I would certainly think you can. Take the challange. Call Cheryl in the office at 406-666-2368. Life is short. The Bighorn is calling. The fish are waiting. Why are you?!!. See you on the river!!

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 11:32

Bighorn River - Big Fish

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While we are experiencing higer flows than anticiapted for June the good news is that the flows are beginning to drop and the water is clear with temperatures in the mid 50's which has produced some veryu prolific fishing.  The other good news is that while fish counts may be down the size and health of the fish is as good as we have ever seen.  Our guides are reporting consistant 20 fish days with sizes ranging from 15" to 22" and a few above that.  Do not let the high flow myth deter you from coming to the Bighorn.  Some of the best fishing I have ever had has been in high flows.  That is proving to be true today.  And do not let the fish count information deter you either.  I am telling you these fish are big, beautiful and strong with a large percemtage being Rainbows.  It is a question of quality over quantity.  Take a look at this 22" brown caught by Dee Rolph and ask your self "would I rather catch 20-30 cookie cutter fish in the 13"-15" range or 12-20 in this size range."  Pretty sure we would all agree on the latter. Come see us at the lodge and let's go fishing!   Call Cheryl today  406-666-2368  

Friday, 22 March 2019 12:05

Looks like a Good Year for Bighorn River

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After 10 years of high water and difficult conditions at times, Mother Nature looks like she is going to give us a break and return to a normal water year. According to the weather gurus, we have now entered into a La Nina year which means warmer and dryer conditions in the Northwest and wetter and cooler conditions in the Southwest. The storms pounding central and southern California and lower snow packs in the Northwest would indicate they are right.

Snow packs in the mountains on the eastern slopes are about 85% of normal rather than the 125% we saw at this time last year. Of course, we still have February and March to get through but if the current trends hold, hopefully we will not see those huge water releases from the Yellowtail Dam. Right now, the river is running crystal clear and cold at just under 3,000 cfs. and during some of the 40-50 degree days there are some nice midge hatches and fish rising to them as well as decent streamer and nymph fishing.

The key is if BOR will manage their release properly to avoid large flows and if they do and the flows stay under say 6,000-7,000 this spring, we should have a good chance for a nice BWO hatch in April-May. It just looks pretty promising right now to have a great year, so I would encourage everyone to make your plans and call Cheryl in the office at 406-666-2368 to secure some dates this year. Life is short, a and the fish are waiting.
Cheryl with a really nice rainbow caught on a #20 psuedo

See you on the river!
Rick

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:29

Fishing Report Feb 18, 2018

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Bighorn River is flowing at 4,470 cfs with a water temperature of 37 degrees. Water clarity is clear and the winter fishing has been very good.

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Streamers have been catching most of our fish in the middle of the river in deep, slower moving water while fishing a sink tip fly line and a unweighted streamer with a slow retrieve or swinging the fly through the runs. A variety of streamer patterns have been working. Olive and white streamers or emerald shiner imitations have produced beautiful fish. 

Nymph fishing is very productive as well. Look for these fish to be feeding in deeper, slower moving pools. Orange scuds and dark colored midge patterns have been working well. The fish are concentrated together in wintering holes so take your time and cover all the water in the deep pools. The winter is a great time to fish the Bighorn River, so get out and enjoy the this amazing wild trout fishery.

 

Streamer Pic- Courtesy of Matt Clawson

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