Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish larger than normal Blue Wing Olive dry flies. There are lots of big bugs around.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bighorn River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Eagle Nest Lodge
Bighorn Anglers

Water flow: 2800

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: Mid Afternoon

Best stretch: The first 13 miles below the dam.

Best access point: Afterbay, 3 mile, Bighorn, Mallards fishing access's 2nd - Bighorn to Mallards Take-out good Steamer fishing. After Bay to Bighorn has a little good spots for Dry Fly. 1st Forrester's To Bighorn 2nd - Bighorn to Mallards Mallards to Two Leggins Bighorn to Two Leggings

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Forrester's Fly Bench Fishing Report Fishing Report 10/12/2018. River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 58 F The water temperature is dropping and the fish seem to be more active. The water clarity is down a bit making visibility approximately two feet. Seems like just as the lake started to settle it turned over with the recent cold weather and colder surface water temperatures. On the right cloudy days the dry fly fishing has been awesome and the Baetis nymph is definitely a big player sub-surface. Some fish are moving into the riffles to eat the Baetis nymphs but the majority of the fish are still hiding in the deep water. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, Baetis nymphs, Pseudo nymphs and scuds. Method: 4-7 foot 3x or stronger leader to one BB. 1ft or so to the first fly and1ft or so to the second fly on your tippet. Size 16-18 Tan Soft Hackle Ray Charles Size 16-18 Gray Soft Hackle Ray Charles Size 16-18 Carpet Sow Bug Gray and Tan Size 14-18 Olive and Orange scuds Size 18-22 Black Baetis Nymph Size 16-20 Wonder Nymph (olive and black) Size 18-22 Pseudo Nymphs Size 16-20 Pheasant tail The best sub-surface fly right now is some sort of Baetis nymph. Even though fish are concentrating on hatch bugs the usual Bighorn River suspects are still in the game. Fish the Orange Scud or a Sow Bug as the top fly and drop a Baetis nymph to the bottom fly. Fish the deeper water when it's bright and sunny and the shallow riffles when the clouds roll in. The heaviest Blue Wing Olive (Baetis) activity starts around 2:00pm. Dry Flies: Fall Baetis, trico, Pseudo's Method: 9-foot 5x leader to the top fly. 1ft or so leader to the second fly. Size 14-18 Baetis Duns and Spinners (smoke jumper, cripple thor) Size 18-20 Pseudo duns and spinners This year the fall Baetis are enormous! They are size 14 -18 and the smaller 18's are more than likely the tail end of the Pseudo hatch. These little sail boats are exciting to see and it opens up the dry fly box to flies you can see extremely well. The fish are eating them in the usual spots. Concentrate on the heavy riffles, but must importantly the heavy seam lines on the banks. Streamers: Colors: White, olive, black, brown, red and yellow Especially WHITE The fall streamer bite hasn't really kicked in yet, but there are some trout looking. Concentrate your streamer efforts in the riffles, below the shelves and the fast heavy banks. Happy Fall Fishing from Forrester's Bighorn River Resort!

Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

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

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

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

Concentrate on nymphing the deep water in the mornings and switch to Dry Flies in the afternoon.

7-Day Forecast

The water is getting cooler and cooler by the day so the fishing should start really picking up.

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