Bighorn River

January 2, 2019

Fishing Conditions

January 2, 2019

The Fishing on the horn has been really good. Indicator rigs have been really solid with a pink bugs trailed by midges. I like a brown zebra midge or a black zebra midge behind either a small leech or pink sow bug or worm. Dry fly fishing has been ok as well. There are still a few BWOs hanging out and midges are out more and more each day. Streamer fishing is also starting to pick up. The fish should be just entering the post spawn stage. Do us all a favor and dont go crashing through reds. This fishery has been struggling a bit the last few years. Its time to do our part as anglers and take care of this fishery.  


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Comparadun bwo: 18-20, Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Purple Haze: 18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, Rusty spinner: 18

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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