Bighorn River

July 15, 2018

Fishing Conditions

July 15, 2018

The bighorn has been slowly dropping and is currently running at 6490 CFS. This is a great level for the river. The evenings have been fishing really well with smaller black caddis patterns and the day time is fishing well with caddis pupa and sow bugs. If you see shallow holding fish that wont eat a dry fly, try drifting a pupa just under the surface and see what happens! Have a variety of Black Caddis patterns on hand. Keep an eye out for mayflies as well, with the warm weather and time of year, PMD's cannot be far from ariving. Nymphing has still been the best producer throughout the day. A Tan Softhackle Ray Charles with a sparkle pupa is a hard combo to beat right now. 

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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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