Bighorn River

April 23, 2018

Fishing Conditions

April 23, 2018

The flows aren't as big as they were at this time last year but it's above normal. Bigger flows can make for some unbelievable streamer fishing. These fish will tuck into banks and soft water and will make them easier to target. The first 3 miles are in perfect shape but expect dirty water to have started coming out of Soap Creek. The midges are hatching and the B.W.O.'s have just begun. The "W" has been effecting the dry fly fishing by blowing them off the water. If you get a day that's calm you will find some heads. The best fishing we are having is with tailwater nymphs; scuds, sowbugs, czech nymphs and worms.  

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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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