Bighorn River

April 27, 2017

Fishing Conditions

April 27, 2017

 The flows are getting big this year, it's now flowing at over 11,000 cfs up top. This big flow will help us though, it will make the fish move to areas of slower current and the bank lines. Don't forget to fish the side channels. Fish will find shelter here and these are spots the dry fly fishing has been good. Soft seams and back eddies are more place to look for pods of rising fish. Bring along a well stocked fly box of midges and Blue Wings. Streamer fishing along the banks has picked up. The further downstrrem you are from Afterbay the more the river will become off color. With how much wet weather we have had this week there will be some very dirty water coming out of Soap Creek. It will be the best conditions above this tributary.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Comparadun BWO: 18-20-22, Extended Body BWO 18-20-22, Griffith's Nat: 16-18-20, Bat Wing Emerger: 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 PMD: 16-18 Hunchback Crystal PMD: 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, Pine Squirrel Leeches Olive Brown Black & Tan: 10, JJ Specials 4-8, Silvey's Sculpin, Natural, White, Black: 2 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Black: 2 Buck Rogers Rainbow, Grey: 2/0 Bling Minnow Pearl, Gold: 6

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