Bighorn River

March 3, 2018

Fishing Conditions

March 3, 2018

The Bighorn is fishing well. Fish mid day when the water temperature is at its peak. Look for deeper slower runs and if fish are there, stay there until you catch them.  That being said as things start to warm up, fish will move into the shallower water and start looking for some surface bugs. Nymphing has been the way to go for consistency.  Standard winter patterns work everyday.  SH Ray Charles, Orange Scuds, Small Firebead Sowbugs, Black Zebra midges, and Red Midge larva.  Depth is the critical aspect right now. If you arent finding fish, adjust your weight and go deeper. Midges are bringing a few fish to the surface in certain areas. The risers are pretty careful so a stealthy approach and good presentation is necessary to get them to eat. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Comparadun BWO: 18-20, Brook Sprout BWO: 18-20-22, Ex. Body BWO: 18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20

Nymphs| Mega prince 12-6; Rubber Legs 12-6; San Juan Worm (assorted colors and sizes) Hot Bead Ray Charles Tan & Pink: 16-18 Spring Creek Scuds Pink & Orange: 16-18 Wilcox's Green Machine PT & Chart: 16-18 Black PT: 16-18 Batwing Emerger BWO: 16-18 Hunchback Crystal Pearl: 16-18 Copper Bead Mayfly: 16-18 Curtis Thunder Creek UV Emerger Rust: 16-18 Tailwater Tiny Rust: 16-18

Streamers| Woolly Bugger Black: 6-8, JJ Specials 4-8, Silvey's Sculpin, Natural, White, Black: 2 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Black, White: 2 Flash Fry Minnow White/Gray:4 Bennet's Lunch Money Shad: 2 Galloups Flat Liner Gray/White: 2 Baby Gonga Tan/Yellow: 6

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