Bighorn River

June 24, 2020

Fishing Conditions

June 24, 2020

 The water coming out of the dam is cold, crisp and clean. Stay higher up on the river, the lower you go you will start running into floating algae.  Baetis and Midges have been tapering off but are still bringing them to the surface in the mornings and evenings. Make sure you are making good casts or you will probably put the fish down. Midge and Baetis cripple patterns have been the hot bug as of late. But keep your eyes out for PMD's with this warmer weather in the forecast. When the fish arent coming to the surface nymphing is your best producer. Over the past week it has started naming much better. The majority of fish are now feeding on nymphs. Your standard tailwater bugs are working well such as scuds, sow bugs, small mayflies, midges and worms under the indicator.  If you are into streamer fishing, anything smaller has been catching numbers of fish. Some bigger fish have been coming to hand on larger flies as well, but it is definitely a commitment game. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Purple Haze: 18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, Blue Winged Olive 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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