Bighorn River

September 24, 2018

Fishing Conditions

September 24, 2018

The Bighorn is tough fishing right now. You may have some tricos in the mornings and a few baetis in the afternoons but the dry fly rise has been inconsistent and short lived at best. The nymphing has also been pretty tough this season. Try a few sow bugs, baetis, and small caddis nymphs and you will find a few fish willing to eat. 

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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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