Bighorn River

August 20, 2018

Fishing Conditions

August 20, 2018

The Bighorn has been slowly dropping and is currently running at 3010CFS. This is a great level for the river. The evenings have been fishing well enough with smaller black caddis patterns but the hatch is tapering off. Tricos are the main event down here right now, providing awesome fishing from sun up to about 11 am. Trying using a purple haze or a griffiths gnat in a slightly larger size than the natural bugs to get the fishes attention. Nymphing has still been producing throughout the day, but you have to work for them. The best patterns are sow bugs, caddis, or scuds. There is a lot of aquatic grass in the water right now though so maybe skip the nymph rig and try some pink hoppers. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Comparadun trico: 18-20, Brook Sprout trico: 18-20-22, trico parachute: 18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, trico spinner: 18-22, Rusty spinner: 18, Hemmingway caddis: 16-18, Elk hair caddis: 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 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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