Bighorn River Fishing Report by MT Troutfitters 6.24.18
How about that Bighorn River? Let Montana Troutfitters tell you how it was as of June 24th !
The Horn is running high at right around 14,000 CFS. This is huge water! The fishing has been good though! Sowbugs and worms are the name of the game, and more or less the only game for nymphing. Long leaders, a worm to a sow bug, and then add weight until you hit the bottom. Chuch and duck until you find the fish. Good worms include san juans, uv juan andersons, squirmies, and wire worms. The worm fishing has been a bit more hit and miss than it should be for this time of year, but some fish are really keyed in on them. Good Sow bugs include but are not limited to soft hackle rays, uv yum yums, and any tailwater bug. Go deep, getting to the fish is the most important part. The streamer bite has been very good as there is a steady stream of minnows pumping through the dam. White streamers are best up top with darker natural colors producing better down low. The key to getting them on streamers is committing. You will have a lot of chases, but dont give up. Eventually, they will eat!
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