Bighorn River

July 28, 2021

Fishing Conditions

July 28, 2021

Even though the flows on the Bighorn are at a historically low level, the fishing has been phenomenal.  We’re seeing fish starting to move up into some of the faster shelves as water temperatures start to warm up. We are also seeing an abundance of PMD nymphs...hint hint.  There are a handful of PMD adults around and a decent number of large Baetis as well.  I’m guessing another week or so and we should have the start of some awesome Summer dry fly fishing. The nymphing game is the best way to get into fish these days.  Wade fishing has been pretty darn good throughout the entire river. There is still moss below 3 Mile, but the Summer grass is really starting to grow and help filter it out. Carpet Bugs, Red Bead Rays, Split Case PMD’s, Poxyback PMD’s, Fold-over PMD's, Tungteasers, rainbow sowbugs, perdigons, and Black Quills are the only nymphs you need right now. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Purple Haze: 18-20, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, Hackle Stacker PMD; 14-16, Thorax PMD; 14-16, Parachute baetis: 16-18

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 Hunchback Crystal Pearl: 16-18 Copper Bead Mayfly: 16-18 Curtis Thunder Creek UV Emerger Rust: 16-18 Tailwater Tiny Rust: 16-18, Split Case PMD's and PMD Perdigons in sizes 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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