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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

Sunday, 11 February 2018 16:45

Bighorn River Lodge, Valentine's Day Greetings..

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Invites you to book a date, it's not too late - for a special Valentine's Daygift for your sweetie!!

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 If you're a couple, small or corporate group, we can do it all.

 Bighorn River Lodge provides the ultimate in Montana comfort as well as outdoor adventure. We specialize in creating the perfect fly fishing experience for our guests with expert Montana fly fishing guides, resort accommodations and gourmet cuisine. Guests may choose to stay in one of the 5 comfortable lodge bedrooms, fitted with two beds and Big Sky charm or rent our spacious private Caddis Cabin with its 3 bedrooms, accommodating up to 6 guests. With its log cabin atmosphere and western hospitality, the Bighorn River Lodge is the ideal Montana fishing destination.

 Bighorn River Lodge's Cheryl and Rick Gehweiler are excited to take your call.

Click the link below for more details

http://bighornriverlodge.com/

Saturday, 28 October 2017 19:00

Fall float down the Bighorn

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A beautiful 68 degree day gave Cheryl and I a shot at resonable weather to take what is probalby the last float down the Bighorn River we will make this year.  The river is running 5,000 cfs so even getting on at 10:30 we had enough time to wade fish 3 or 4 spots.  Fishing has been a bit tough lately but we had a pretty good day.  Cheryl landed a nice rainbow and two 17" browns foom the boat and I was fortunate to find one wade spot that produced 6 fish out of one hole.  Beautiful sunny warm day and a great way to end our fishing season.  We will spend the next month getting the lodge ready for winter. doing invertory and putting orders together for next year. We had our best year ever and look forward to another one next year.  Same staff will be returning including our fabulous Chef Shawn Smith. If you are considering returning or coming to the Bighorn River Lodge for the first time remember to book early to make sure you can secure the dates and the guides you may prefer.  

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