Bighorn River

September 17, 2019

Fishing Conditions

September 17, 2019

Flows are at 3280cfs and water temps are getting up to around 61 degrees. Tricos are making an appearance and it should continue to get better. The Black Caddis are finally coming to a close though. On cloudy days 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 hopper bite has still been good as well. We still have a few more days before we hit frosty overnight temperatures. Enjoy the big foam bug eat while you still can! 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. More dry fly fishing on the horizon! The lake has turned over and has turned the river green. This is also the time of year to fish the inside of the turns. The outside bends will have the weed flow that is breaking away from the bottom.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| C-UM Spinner Trico: 20-22, CDC Trico Spinner:18-22, 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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