Bighorn River

November 9, 2017

Fishing Conditions

November 9, 2017

The flow is still twice its normal amount but the clarity has been slowly improving. One positive is that all the weeds have flushed out of the river and don't pose an issue any longer. The streamer fishing has begun to improve and will get even better as we get deeper into winter. The sub-surface nymphing with the standard tailwater assortment will catch fish all day. The Ray Charles is a must have nymph all through winter. Warmer, calmer days can produce some of the last Baetis dry fly fishing in the state. You are going to put on some very small bugs if you are going to do some headhunting. The best of this will be around two to three in the afternoon when conditions are at their warmest for the day.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Comparadun BWO: 18-20, Brook Sprout BWO: 18-20-22, Ex. Body BWO: 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

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