Bighorn River

April 23, 2019

Fishing Conditions

April 23, 2019

 The flow has remained the same all week but the water temp has dropped a little the past two days. The blue winged olives are starting to make an appearance and should just get better as things warm up. The mornings are slow for the first couple hours until the day begins to warm. There have been solid midge hatches and blue winged olives cannot be far off. Hopefully the blue wings will get the fish looking up with more consistency. The nymph bite has been ok at best with your tailwater favorites bringing most of the fish to hand. Running san juans, zebra midges, ray charles, frenchies, or any scud pattern has been producing. Run them low and slow on a long leader for best results. Streamer fishing is also starting to pick back up. Stripping slender white streamers has been producing best, but black or gold have both been good options as well. The streamer game has also been low and slow. For dry flies, target areas sheltered from the wind. Our favorite patterns right now are griffiths gnats and Matts Midges. The crowds are soon to arrive, this is a good time to beat them to the fishing.

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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

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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