Bighorn River

February 19, 2019

Fishing Conditions

February 19, 2019

 Looks like cold nights and cold days for the 10-day forecast. Fishing can still be good if you are willing to brave the cold. But layer up and be ready to be pinching ice out of your guides all day long. The sub-surface fishing with nymphs can keep you in fish all day. Orange and pink scuds with a midge dropper. A classic Bighorn rig.  If you are bringing a boat you need to get a shuttle early, the shops in Fort Smith are only open in the mornings.


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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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