Big Horn flows have been steadily climbing for some time but have hopefully maxed out around 11,000. This usually makes for some good streamer fishing and nymph fishing. 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. 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. The dry fly bite has been inconsistent but there have been fish coming up for midges and baetis, mostly in the upper 3 miles. The water here will finally hit 60 degress today, up from the 40 a little more than a week ago. More dry fly fishing on the horizon!
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 Llama's in Olive/white
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