Bighorn River

September 20, 2020

Fishing Conditions

September 20, 2020

 The water coming out of the dam is cold, crisp and clean. Stay higher up on the river, the lower you go you will start running into floating algae. Tricos and black caddis are the main game right now on top. Make sure you are making good casts or you will probably put the fish down. When the fish arent coming to the surface nymphing is your best producer. Over the past week it has started getting much better. The majority of fish are now feeding on nymphs. Your standard tailwater bugs are working well such as scuds, sow bugs, small mayflies, midges and worms under the indicator.  If you are into streamer fishing, anything smaller has been catching numbers of fish. Some bigger fish have been coming to hand on larger flies as well, but it is definitely a commitment game. Hopper fishing has been hit or miss, but has resulted in some larger fish. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Purple Haze: 18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, Hackle Stacker Trico; 18-22, CDC Trico; 18-22

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 Llama's in Olive/white

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