Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bighorn River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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We are blessed to live in a very rural setting but we have to stay vigilant with what is happening in our country...please stay healthy and safe...IMPORTANT NOTICE!! ALL Park Service boat launches and access points are temporarily closed to the river and the lake. Bighorn County travel is closed to local travel and deliveries only. Until further notice, they are stopping all nonessential travel... .
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bighorn River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Eagle Nest Lodge
Bighorn Anglers

Water flow: 3,268cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 41 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

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

Best stretch: A to 13

Best access point: Afterbay 3 mile After Bay to Bighorn is better for late Dry Fly. 1st A to 3 2nd - 3 to Bighorn Mallards to Two Leggins Bighorn to Two Leggings

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Hot Flies: Nymphs: Big Orange Scud, Sow Bugs, Baetis Nymphs 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. Size 12-18 Pink Soft Hackle Size 12-18 Carpet Sow Bug Gray and Tan Size 16-18 black midge larvae Size 12-16 Scuds (natural, pink, orange)

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, black midge larvae, size 16,18... pink and orange sow bugs size 14, 16 and scuds is working the best. Some good midge dry action on calmer days late afternoon. Single adults and a few clusters size 16 ad 18

7-Day Forecast

Water temperature should remain around the 40. Catching Big Fish average 18 to 22"!! With less then normal snow fall, it looks perfect for water flows... Back to the old Bighorn!

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