Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Very few boats on river. But does pick up on weekends. View of the Landing Strip has 1 Boat. Some top water action midges.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bighorn River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Eagle Nest Lodge
Bighorn Anglers

Water flow: 2,190 cfs

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid Morning to late Afternoon

Best stretch: A to 3 3 to Bighorn

Best access point: Afterbay 3 Mile 13 Mile

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Nymph patterns include: Sotft Hackle Sowbug, (grey or tan), #14,##16, #18 Flashback Quill ,#8, #10 San Juan Worm (wine & red & 2 tone), #14, #16 Ray Charles, SH Sowbugs (Tan, Pink 14-16), Orange & Flashback Scuds, scuds (12-14), Few Drys include: the #22 CDC Baetis, Pale Olive Baetis and #20 Trico Spinner on warm overcast days. Streamers :Wully Bugger - Olive & Black 6-10 Method: 8 1/2-foot 4x or stronger leader to 1 B split shot 16" of 5x or so to the first fly and 16" or so to the second fly on your 5x tippet.

Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

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

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

Person Fishing in a stream

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, Pink and orange bead head sow bugs size 14, 16 and scuds is still working the best. Also #8, #10 San Juan Worm (wine & red & 2 tone) Streamers. Midge Pupa, Small Mayfly Imitations

7-Day Forecast

We have been getting a little taste of Spring along the Bighorn! Days have been clear, with above average daytime temperatures (highs in low to upper 50s) and clear, cool nights. The water is very clear and low right now, with a visibility of 48" and little vegetation. Current water temperature remains around 40, which is slightly low for this time of year, and 25% below last year this time. The snowpack has remained very low, which we expect to provide us an even better fishing season than last year. Some midges are hatching right now, and there are reports of some baetis hatches. Nymphing is still the best option right now, although the fish are mostly remaining in their winter spots.


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