Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bighorn River Flows Update

Flow from Boysen Dam was raised to 2,000cfs a couple days ago. Floating moss screwed up the fishing for a couple days but things are back on track. Nymphing remains consistent with midge and a few sow bugs. Seeing handfuls of baetis adults, no fish looking up yet, but dry fly fishing should get good in a couple weeks.

The nice weather has brought all the boats out and a few "rogue" guides. Lots of folks out there doing the bright white gravel shuffle, but the high water should deter some of those folks from waltzing on the redds.

Had a cancellation for Sunday if somebody wants to jump in, we'll give ya a lil discount. Still plenty of days open for March and April is starting to fill in a bit.

see ya out there

Monday, March 5, 2018

open dates

March is filling in. Still have some holes in the calendar.. we have open dates March 10-12, 14, 16, 19-21, and 23-28. Give me a shout if ya wanna get in on one of these days... best time of year to be fishing the Big Horn... 307-480-8457

Nymphing remains very productive with midge and sow bugs and a few baetis nymphs starting to show up. No dry action yet but that should change by the end of the month. Getting a little bit of love on the streamer... olive or black. Flows are 1270cfs and the river should be going up to 2000cfs in the next week or two, though I haven't heard a specific date... same with the flush which usually happens the last week of March. Traffic on the river has been pretty light with one or two boats and most days we're the only boat out there which is a nice change of pace for this time of year.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Big Horn River Fishing Report - Thermopolis, WY

We've been on the water the last few days and the fishing has been pretty damn good. I'd say we were consistently hooking 20-40 fish depending on how many anglers were in the boat and how cold the weather got. The trout have been eating sow bugs and midge for us, but I'm not seeing any sow bugs in stomach samples, only midge... olive, black and cream. As I'm writing this the temps outside are barely 3degrees. Gonna be a cold week. Things seem to get warmer as we transition into March.

Ryan with a Big Horn Rainbow and a little sunshine on his shoulder

Flows are still around 1250cfs. Nymphing has been very consistent in the first couple miles of the river but things get a little spotty in the afternoon, I'm not sure if its time of day or location in the river.

Plenty of open dates in March and I'd really like to get a couple trips going at the end of February, weather permitting obviously. The North Fork Shoshone oughtta get to fishin' pretty good here in the next couple weeks for pre-spawn rainbows or Wyoming steelhead.

 Alyssa will be out of town Feb 25-March 2 on her annual steelhead sojourn with Brazda's Fly Fishing in Forks, WA, leaving me here to my own de(vices)... I'd love to go fishing especially if the weather man sticks to his guns and we see those 45-50degree days.

Keep warm.

Monday, February 12, 2018

On the water report

I could've swore i saw 50 degree days in the forecast for this week... I'm gonna blame it on this guy

 I did get a half-day trip in last week before the temps plummeted. We boated about a dozen of these, one was about 16" and the rest were 18"-22"... we probly lost just as many fishing small midge on light tippet... yikes. Stomach samples reveal a few sow bugs and tiny scuds but mostly midge larvae and pupae.

We've got a few trips going out this week, I'll be sure to report back.

Also this weekend... I think the Cody TU chapter is doing a river cleanup on Sunday, so there will be a lot of boats out there. And as much as I love to see the river cleaned up of trash and inner tubes, maybe we can leave a few tires and barrels in the middle of the river this year for trout structure, since we don't have big rocks or log jams...

See ya on the water!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Flows are still around 1250cfs. Fishing, of course, has been good. Still nymphing and some streamer action.

Snowpack this year is about 100% of normal, compared to last year at this time i think we were around 250%... so barring any major spring precipitation, we're looking at a typical runoff year which means more consistent fishing in June and July. Looks like my drought dances have finally paid off.

I have the next couple days open if anybody wants to go fishing, the weather looks great. Had some cancellations for early next week which is fine 'cuz its gonna be cooooold. Booked 14-18, Alyssa has a couple open days in there somewhere, and we are completely open Feb 19-28 and it looks like quite a few days in the upper 40s and mid 50s even during that time frame, so ya might wanna make it happen.

Also we updated the website a little bit, check out our Guide Service page as we have added some unique options available to our fishing clients this year.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Flows are around 1250cfs. Warmer weather the last few days has made fishing pretty damn good. and the river has been a ghost town lately. Maybe a boat or two... But the canyon up by the dam has been an absolute circus.

Lots of midge showing up in stomach samples and a few sow bugs. Attractors like worms and firebead bugs will also catch ya a few trout.

Looks like plenty of days in the 40s and even 50s coming up this month. Open dates for February: 4-10, 14, 15, 18-22.... let's go fishing. February can be some of the best fishing of the year on the Bighorn here in Thermopolis.. especially as it looks as though the worst of winter is behind us.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Fishing Report - Bighorn River - Thermopolis

Flows are around 1250cfs +/- and water temps are 40degrees +/- water clarity is fantastic and the fishing is good. Sow bugs, midge and a few worms.

Got some warmer days ahead..upper 30s to mid 40s. Offering $75 off all guide trips until February 1st.

Alyssa will be heading to the coast for some steelhead action at the end of the month, hosting a few clients with Brazda's Fly Fishing in Forks, WA. 3 days fully guided and 3 nights lodging, gourmet meals... $1500 per angler... She still has a couple slots open if anyone is interested, shoot us an email or give us a call.