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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fishing is silly good right now

Had my guy Chris from Jackson in the boat for the fourth time this year and he effing crushed it. Had close to 40 fish in the net.. single angler. Ridiculous.  Flows have been dropping all day,  will be around 3000cfs thru Wednesday so get out here now! Open tomorrow Tuesday and Wednesday. Do it. And the river below buffalo creek was very fishable today.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bighorn River Flows

Reclamation Urges Caution During Fluctuation of River Flow Downstream of Boysen Dam
Media Contact: Mahonri Williams, (307) 261-5624
For Release: May 11, 2017
MILLS, Wyo. -- At the request of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily decrease the releases from Boysen Dam. The temporary decrease in flows will occur May 14-18.
The decrease in flow below Boysen Dam will allow the Wyoming Department of Transportation to stabilize an embankment associated with Highway 20/789 in the Wind River Canyon.
Beginning May 14 at 10:00 AM, Boysen Dam releases will be decreased by increments of approximately 500 cubic feet per second (cfs), occurring every four hours, to achieve flows of approximately 3,000 cfs the morning of May 15. On May 18, or upon completion of the project, the releases from Boysen Dam will be incrementally increased to approximately 6,500 cfs.
The public is urged to use extreme caution during this period of rapid fluctuation of flows below Boysen Dam.

And the fishing has been great. Excited for some lower flows for a couple days, fishing should be excellent. We have May 15-18 open

There's this, too

Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
Media Contact: Tyler Johnson, (406) 247-7609
For Release: May 10, 2017
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's May forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows:
  • Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be 3,057,600 acre-feet (af), which is 280 percent of the 30 year average of 1,093,400 af. Approximately 603,400 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bighorn Lake during April, leaving approximately 2,454,200 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.
  • Releases from Yellowtail Dam to the Bighorn River are currently 13,000 cfs. Based on the current operating projections and the expectation of record runoff, Bighorn Lake will be managed to fill to an elevation of 3640.0 feet. During peak runoff, releases from Yellowtail Dam to the Bighorn River are expected to be above 13,000 cfs.
  • Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast to be 1,250,000 af, which is 185 percent of the 30 year average of 677,200 af. Approximately 95,800 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Buffalo Bill during April, leaving approximately 1,154,200 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.
  • Releases from Buffalo Bill Dam to the Shoshone River are currently 5,000 cfs. Based on the current operating projections and the expectation of record runoff, Buffalo Bill Reservoir will be managed to fill to an elevation of 5391.50 feet. During peak runoff, releases from Buffalo Bill Dam to the Shoshone River are expected to be above 5,000 cfs.
  • Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 800,000 af, which is 201 percent of the 30 year average of 398,100 af. Approximately 34,600 af of the forecasted amount was received during April, leaving approximately 765,400 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.
  • Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 250,000 af, which is 184 percent of the 30 year average of 136,000 af. Approximately 10,300 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bull Lake during April, leaving approximately 239,700 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.
  • Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast to be 1,500,000 af, which is 278 percent of the 30 year average of 540,000 af. Approximately 132,800 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Boysen during April, leaving approximately 1,367,200 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.
  • Releases from Boysen Dam to the Wind River are currently 5,500 cfs. Based on the current operating projections and the expectation of record runoff, Boysen Reservoir will be managed to fill to an elevation of 4724.50 feet. During peak runoff, releases from Boysen Dam to the Wind River are expected to be well above 5,500 cfs.
For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Wind River, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298.

From the Bureau of Reclamation website

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Dirty water report

Well the slides up in the canyon have been contained so the clarity at wedding is great. But the crick across from wedding is puking in red mud from snow melt. Fishing is pretty much done with once you get past Buffalo Creek. But with that said, we've been having some stellar days on the river this week. We lost count after 40 fish hooked today and still managed to make it a full 8 hours on 3 miles of river. And most days we're the only boat out there.
One of many doubles from today

 Trout are eating worms and sow bugs and a few baetis and midge. Seeing handfuls of caddis out there so you could try a pupa. Still no fish up on dries except the random splashy eat.
Larry with a funny hat and a fine brown on Thursday

I wouldn't say get on the plane and get here now,  but if you happen to be driving thru Thermop on these early summer days or your local crick is muddied up, c'mon out and catch some fish. Great option for half day trips.
The funny hat in action... might be his lucky hat

Had some cancellations this week and plenty of days open for the rest of the month. Discovered a giant tear in the seat of my waters the other day so i dida little wet wading today.. waters still pretty cold... I'd probably trade a trip in the next week or two for a pair of Simms without holes.. im a size large.

We should start to see the river drop by early July just in time for tricos and hoppers and maybe some sallies... get in the boat,  let's go.

Monday, April 24, 2017

On the water report

Had a great weekend fishing with the University of Wyoming Women's fly fishing club... the Fish N Chicks... Full of sunshine, smiles and plenty of rainbows.




Thanks again, ladies, and we hope to see you all again next year!

As for the fishing. .. it's been pretty good despite a busy weekend with dirty water. Clarity has improved over the last couple days and flows remain around 5500cfs. The trout are consistently eating sow bugs and baetis nymphs. I had a sucker spew eggs all over the boat yesterday, so ya could try some sucker spawn. The worm bite was really good on saturday in the cloudy water. There are a handful of fish eating bugs on top but not consistent enough for catching....hoping this will get better.

Plenty of days open in May. Come fishing with us, I promise we'll make it worth your while.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bighorn River Fishing Report - Thermopolis, Wyoming

Flow is steady around 5,500cfs. And fishing has been great out of my boat, been hooking 40-50 fish the last couple days. Other boats don't seem to be doing all that well, but I guess that's why I get paid the big bucks. Here are some highlights from yesterday:



As long as flows remain stable the fishing forecast looks excellent. Fish are still eating sow bugs like crazy and really turning on to baetis nymphs by mid day. Still got some days open in April and lots of days open in May. Boat traffic is very light right now due to the big flows, but the trout are all fat and eating... It's gonna be a long high water season across the rockies, might as well embrace it and keep on fishing.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fishing report... high water style


Been graced the last few days with nice weather and a drop in the flows (4000cfs) but tomorrow is gonna be windy as shit and the flows are ramping back up to 5500cfs... it will come up in increments of 500 throughout the day. The bridge below 8th Street might cut your head off.

Fishing has been pretty good all things considered until ya get to the red cliffs..
I don't know why. The creek is dirtyin' it up a lil bit, but it's not not-fishable, it just ain't fishin. Upper river has been fishing great though.... Lots of nice fat trout. They're adjusting to the high water and so are we. Only seeing a boat or two a day..it's nice. Baetis nymphs,  midge, sow bugs are consistently catching and tomorrow I'll probly fish worms.

Still have open days April 24-30 and May 3-6.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Bighorn River Flows

Bumped the river yesterday to 5,000cfs. Fishing is... tough. I've been out the last couple days and we've managed to hook 20-30 fish, but most boats are hooking one or two. Water temps are still cold so the fish are still sitting in the slow spots, but there aren't very many slow spots. My advice, if you find a fish, stay there. The low bridge downstream of 8th Street is still passable,  but you're gonna wanna duck. Hopefully the river is going to be stable for a while. Good luck and be safe out there!