Bighorn River

October 21, 2019

Fishing Conditions

October 21, 2019

 The weather has cause the flow out of the dam to increase, you could easily do a longer float right now, Its off color but still fishable. On cloudy days try working olive/ white or white streamers through the softer water and the middle weed beds for those shiners that spill out of the dam. Streamer fishing should get better as we progress into October. The nymph game will be best in the soft inside buckets. Try working a worm and some sort of tail water tiny. Sow bugs, scuds in orange and pink, and small may fly nymphs will get the job done as well. More dry fly fishing on the horizon, keep an eye out for fall baetis. This is also the time of year to fish the inside of the turns. The outside bends will have the weed flow that is breaking away from the bottom.

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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

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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