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.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

We're Back

 Long time no blog. Alyssa and I have just returned from some much needed saltwater therapy. we spent a week in Baja with the family and caught a couple small roosterfish

Pez gallito still put up a helluva fight on a 9wt

Then we spent a week on Christmas Island where we caught a ton of bonefish and a few shots at GT's

Korean Wreck... where there shoulda been GT's

Then we capped it off with a week in Hawaii where we caught a couple of movies and some culture. We had a handful of shots at those big spooky bonefish on Oahu.

Now we're pretending the snow on the ground is actually hard packed white sand flats

As for the fishing here: I'm not sure but i'll bet its good. It's gonna take a day of over 40 degrees to get me out on the river. Until then we are chained to the desk tying a mountain of fly orders.

We are already booking reservations for February and March so you better get on it to ensure availability.

Hope ya'll had a wonderful Holiday Season and here's to your health in the New Year!

See ya on the river soon!

-Alyssa & Neil

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bighorn River Flows Update

Talked to Bureau of Rec this morning and their guy in charge says the river will drop to 1500cfs today. Their goal is to have it down to 1100cfs by the end of the month and keep it there all winter.

Fishing is good. Weather is good.

We will be out of town Nov 18-26. Open dates on either side. If you wanna book a trip in the next couple days ill give ya a deal...