Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The brown trout are in full spawn and extremely aggressive. Streamer fishing out of the boat is the most exciting way to fish the Brown trout spawn. Concentrate your efforts on the center river shelves and heavy banks.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bighorn River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Eagle Nest Lodge
Bighorn Anglers

Water flow: 2750

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

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:

The Brown trout are in full spawn and aggressively striking at anything that gets near a spawning bed. The most fun way to catch trout on the Bighorn River is by far throwing a streamer, however the nymph fishing has been exceptional as well. Even though it's tempting to stand over a spawning bed and run your flies through it over and over again, we strongly suggest you concentrate your efforts from the boat as to not trample any eggs and over stress the fish. It's the Bighorn River and their are PLENTY of trout. A guy doesn't need to spend his entire day in one spot torturing a bunch of helpless browns when there are 100 more 50 yards down stream, and 200 more 100 yards downstream, and 300 more 150 yards downstream. You get the idea.... Happy Fishing from Forrester's Bighorn River Resort! It's great out there right now!

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

Nymphing and streamer fishing to the center river shelves and the heavy banks.

7-Day Forecast

The Baetis fishing is done on the Bighorn so until the water warms up it's midges and more midges. On the right days fish will really key on the Midges so keep your eyes peeled for some good dry fly fishing.

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