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Friday, May 25, 2018

Bighorn River Fly Fishing Report - Thermopolis, Wyoming

Flows have been dropped to 1800cfs. Many local rivers and creeks are high and muddy but the Big Horn River is looking pretty good right now and fishing ain't too shabby either. Nymphing remains consistent, streamer fishing can be good, but there is quite a bit of floating moss. Not much for dry action right now but maybe we'll see some tricos soon? Feels like summer out here already.

Got a couple days open for the end of May and open dates in June are 2-7, 15-17, 19-22... trips are filling in quickly. Give us a call to book a float and catch some trout 307-480-8457

Monday, May 14, 2018

Weather's great, fishing's good...

...and flows have been dropped to 2350cfs +/-

Nymphing remains consistent with sow bugs and baetis nymphs. Dry fly fishing is pretty good most afternoons with BWOs and it seems like the streamer fishing is getting better with warmer water temps.

Plenty of days open for May if you wanna go fishing

Friday, April 20, 2018

weekend update

Flows are still around 3,000 cfs. Lots of mixed reports coming in from other fishermen, but most have not been doing very well. Our guides however are consistently catching fish both nymphing and with dries. Lots of fish in the 18-22" range... I can count on one hand the number of trout under 17" I've seen this year... lots of fat clean trout to be had if you know where to look and what to tie on the end of your line.

Larry with a nice big brown from yesterday's float trip

Still have a few days open for April... weather is finally looking nice. Alyssa and I will be out of the country May 1-9... back to Bajahaha..We have a couple guides covering for us during then and can definitely hook you up if ya wanna go fishing... Shoot us an email as we will have spotty coverage while we are traveling... bighorndrifters@gmail.com 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Bighorn River Update

Flows have been bumped up to 3000cfs. Snowpack is around 105% and the reservoir is about 75% full... With flows this high, this early in the season, it seems like we may have lower flows this summer than we saw last year.

Fishing is still pretty good though. Nymphing has remained consistent and quite a few fish rising most afternoons.

Tom with a respectable rainbow at Wedding of the Waters

Open dates for April are 8, 9, 10, 17-20, and 23-30.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Bighorn River Fishing Report - Thermopolis, WY

 Flows are now up to 2500cfs. Screwed the fishing up for a couple days but this week in fishing has been excellent with return clients and new friends. Our total trout population this year has suffered from last year's high water, but we are still catching plenty of fish, and plenty of big ones. Nymphing is still the most consistent way to catch fish right now but yesterday saw our first real hatch of BWO's and lots of trout up eating em on the surface. Streamer fishing is super spotty but ya might get a chance at a big one.
Even I get to catch one every so often

Josh out-fished his father with Alyssa on the oars and found this chunky Bighorn brown

Megan with one of many solid rainbows on her first fly fishing excursion

Ken played backseat clean-up 

...while Tim did his best to make sure the fish didn't make it past the front seat. 

And Mike hammered big bows all day

another awesome day on the Bighorn with Paul & Chris. Sunshine and rainbows
March is winding down, have a few more trips on the books. The first week of April has our boats empty, but not for long I'm sure.... dry fly fishing has begun!

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.