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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crick Fishin

Big bugs, big browns, small streams
The Bighorn Basin has dozens of small rivers and creeks that are full of trout... if you know where to look. Gaining access to these cricks can be difficult and/or expensive.


We now have access to some private water which will cost you a little extra dough and the public water requires a hike and an adventurous spirit.


Cicadas are thick right now and the trout are hungry and healthy.  Hike into some breath-taking canyons and explore some real Wyoming fly fishing without any other anglers, like how it used to be. Give us a call for details and we'll take you into our secret spots... 307-480-8457






Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fishing report

Reservoir is now over 100% full and flows are up to 9000cfs. Still puking mud out of the dam.

It's a banner cicada year here in the Bighorn Basin and luckily runoff has subsided on the small creeks giving us our dry fly fix. Get in touch if you wanna do a walk & wade trip on some very cool water, both public and private.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bighorn River Fishing Report


Flows are around 8000cfs and the river literally looks like shit but we're catchin some nice fish. Me thinks runoff has peaked but I'm no climatologist. Hopefully things start settling in the reservoir and the river drops and becomes clear before July.

We have plenty of open dates if you're passing thru and wanna catch a few fish.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dirty water report

Fishing over the weekend was pretty good despite the dirty water.  We ended up doing half days and still hooked about 20 fish per boat. Flows are still around 7000cfs but I heard a rumor that they may drop it next week. Stay tuned.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekend update

Flows are around 7000cfs. Inflow to the reservoir is around 5000. Reservoir level is around 65%. The lake is muddy and there's dirty water coming out of the dam. And where's this giant runoff? We're getting a slow melt and the Bureau of Recklessness is screwing up the river. Give them a call and ask em what the hell is going on!?!

As for fishing... it was decent last weekend. We caught fish. Some were good ones. We have trips going out tomorrow and I'll let ya know how it goes.

If ya wanna go on a float trip I would recommend a half day.

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