Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Nymphs- San Juan worms, Ray Charles tan, orange scud, olive pheasant tails, zebra midge. Streamers 12 gauge 31/2" #2 or 3's Great Ducks and Geese
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bighorn River is currently Good

Water flow: 2610

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Noon, Through Early Evening

Best stretch: The best stretch of river right now is After Bay to 3 mile

Best access point: 1st - A-B 2nd - Bighorn to Mallards Take-out good Steamer fishing. After Bay to Bighorn has some good spots for Dry Fly and streamer fishing 1st Forrester's To Bighorn 2nd - Bighorn to Mallards Mallards to Two Leggins Bighorn to Two Leggings

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Warmer weather and has resulted in some good fly fishing Patterns to try Nymphs #18 Tan Ray Charles, #16, #18 Grey Ray Charles; #16, #20 Pseudo Wonder Nymph, #20 TS Pseudo Nymph; #16 Tan Scud; #16 Orange Scud #18 Tung Teaser (black); #18 Zebra Midge; Streamers Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow); #4 Dirty Hippy (brown#6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4 Grey Zonker; #4,6

Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 1 - November 31)

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

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Bighorn River Description

The most easterly of Montana's fine rivers, the Blue Ribbon waters of the Bighorn, is also the finest in terms of numbers of fish. With nearly 5500 fish per mile at an average of 17 inches, it is no surprise the river is known for its fantastic fishing. The section of the Bighorn in south eastern Montana is actually the last section of the river. Beginning when it flows out of the Wind River drainage out ...

Techniques & Tips

Dry fly fishing what is left is best done from down stream from the fish, presenting the fly as a dead drift. Nymph fishing below indicators with 9?-4X leaders (Orvis Superstrong # KM0714-61) 1-B split shot seems to be the right weight. Orvis' Heliios Rod with it's strong backbone, is really handling these bigger fish very well. I prefer the Helios 6 weight. (ZG Helios 906-4 Tip 9.5)

7-Day Forecast

Warmer weather but expecting some high winds latter in the week.. Ducks and geese moving in big numbers. However if sub zero weather continues, some will keep going south. Kind of where my wife just went!! Santa Monica, CA.

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