Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fishing Report - Bighorn River, WY

Did a lower river float yesterday it was nice to fish some different water, though it was good only in a few spots. And the boat ramps are still very icy.... took us about twenty minutes of chipping ice with the spare oar to get up the ramp last night. Weather has been great the last few days mid thirties to low 40s and the midge have been popping getting those fish active on pupae in the right spots. Not much in the way of dry fly fishing right now but we have seen sporadic rises to midge adults here and there. Nymphing the deep and slow water is the most productive way to catch fish right now, and we're starting to see more browns in the mix whereas a few weeks ago we were only catching rainbows. You just never know what you're gonna lift off the bottom of the river...
Ate the worm.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Fishing Report - Bighorn River, Thermopolis, Wyoming

Flows out of Boysen Reservoir are 825cfs. Water temps are cold. Fishing has been good. Catching a lot of nice fat rainbows nymphing. Red worm and a natural sow bug have been our go-to this week. Other patterns that will work are gray Ray Charles #16, red midge larva #20-22, and black zebra midge or other comparable midge pupa patterns in #18-22. Fish with long leaders (9 foot) and heavy lead and focus on the deep slow water. Fish are stacked in certain holes, take your time in the good water. Watch for ice flows on the lower river north of town and icy boat ramps. Cold snap comes in the next few days but it looks like things will warm up next week. We are still running our off-season special...$100 bucks off full day trips...on the water at 9:30 or 10 and off by 4:00, fishing during the warmest part of the day...lunch included.
This guy zipped around the pool like a steelhead