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Forresters Bighorn River Resort in Montana

Forresters Bighorn River Resort summary

Forresters Bighorn River Resort is a fly fishing business in Fort Smith, Montana. Please view the pinpointed location for Forresters Bighorn River Resort on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps). Enjoy private guided fly-fishing, mixed-bag wingshooting and the river's most comfortable private cabin accommodations perfectly complemented by our award-winning gourmet meals. Forrester's has four Orvis endorsements for wingshooting, fly-fishing, outfitter and expedition. That's more Orvis endorsements than any other hunting or fishing lodge in the country. At Forrester's, we have a lot to be proud of and we proudly pass it all along to our clients. It's where Montana keeps her promises. So come on up for a visit. We'll see you soon.
Business type: Guide Service
Business name: Forresters Bighorn River Resort
Address: P.O. Box 7595
City: Fort Smith
State: Montana

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Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The flows are at 2,749cfs. Streamer fishing is starting to be the preference for the angles this week. Casting toward the bank and stripping it back 20 feet or so. Out in the deeper pools can be exciting letting your streamer sink near the bottom before starting to strip. A light sink tip line is ideal for this style of fishing. There are some blue winged olives starting to appear and the fish are on them through out the day. River Flows —- 2,850cfs (02/10/10)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Bighorn River Fishing Report - 12/30/09.

Water flow: 2,825cfs

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 8:00am till dark (about 4:30)

Best stretch: Afterbay to Bighorn is the best stretch right now.

Best access point: 1st – After Bay 2nd – 3 mile 3rd – Bighorn

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Small baetis
A few midges



Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 1 – October 31)

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet Size

Best fly fishing rod: 9′ 5 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Trout WF


7 day outlook

This week it's cold but it looks like it's going to get into the 40's by the end of the week so it should be perfect. When fishing in this cold of weather you have to dunk your rod every few minutes to "de-ice" your guides. The water is still about 55 so it feels warm. The Browns are in full fall spawn now. They are being very aggressive and are jousting for there right to procreate. Streamers invite a fight for any brown that is in this courtship stage. Even with cooler weather, the dry-fly fishing is hanging in there. Baetis are starting to be heavier every day now. Streamers are effective as the browns are starting to get their spawn personality going. Mid day temps are expected to be in the mid 20's. Water temps are near perfect at 50.Tips of the Week.

The flows are at 2,825cfs. Streamer fishing is starting to be the preference for the angles this week. Casting toward the bank and stripping it back 20 feet or so. Out in the deeper pools can be exciting letting your streamer sink near the bottom before starting to strip. A light sink tip line is ideal for this style of fishing. There are some blue winged olives starting to appear and the fish are on them through out the day. A cast and blast trip is always exciting and right now the ducks and geese use this river as a main flyway for their southern migration. Hunt in the morning over decoys on the river, then mid-day fish and finally, catch the evening hunt. Makes for a very full and exciting day. The bottom tributaries are starting to clear up so the lower river is getting better. River Flows —- 2,850cfs

Fly Fishing Techniquest and Tips

Stripping streamers is best done from the middle of the stream and casting toward the banks and seams. Either wading on bars or from the boat this is the choice of most anglers right now. Dry fly fishing is best done from down stream from the fish, presenting the fly as a dead drift. Nymph fishing below indicators with 9′-3X leaders, 1 BB and a B shot seem to be the right weight. Orvis’ Helios Rod with it’s strong backbone, is really handling these bigger fish very well. I prefer the Helios 6 weight. (ZG Helios 906-4 Tip 9.5) (12/30/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The flows are at 2,850cfs. Streamer fishing is Starting to be the preference for the angles this week. Casting toward the bank and stripping it back 20 feet or so. Out in the deeper pools can be exciting leting your streamer sink near the bottom before starting to strip. A light sink tip line is ideal for this style of fishing. The bottom tributaries are starting to clear up so the lower river is getting better. River Flows —- 2,850cfs

Even with cooler weather, the Hopper fishing is still holding in there but will tapper off soon. However it will remain consistent as long as the weather holds, and seems to be the choice for most anglers. Mid day temps are expected to be in the mid 50’s. Hopper fishing is better on the the warmer sunnier days, with a little wind. Streamer fishing is starting to pickup as the browns are getting ready for the fall spawn. Water temps are near perfect at 59.
(10/27/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Water flow: 2,825cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 59 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 6:00am till dark

Best stretch: Afterbay to Bighorn is the best stretch right now.

Best access point: 1st – After Bay 2nd – 3 mile 3rd – Bighorn

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Small baetis are starting to appear
A few midges starting

“Must-have” fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Fly Name: Fly Color: Fly Size(s):
Cmo Caddis black, tan 16-18
Cdc Comparadun Dry Fly Tan 20
San Juan Worm Red or red and tan 8-10
Blue Wing Olive Parachute Bluewing Olive 18-20
Bluewing Olive Olive 18-20
Foam Park Hopper 10
Trico Bunny Dun Black 18-20
Soft Hackle Ray Charles Pink 16-18
Soft Hackle Ray Charles grey
Trico Spinner Black and Green 18-20

Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 1 – September 31)

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet Size

Best fly fishing rod: 9′ 5 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Trout WF
(10/21/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing:
Bighorn River Fishing Report
October 2, 2009, 10:15 am | Edit this
Filed under: Fishing Report






Water flow: 2,983.5cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 6:00am till dark

Best stretch: Afterbay to Bighorn is the best stretch right now.

Best access point: 1st – After Bay 2nd – 3 mile 3rd – Bighorn

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:




Trico’s in the morning 7:00 am, Spinner fall about 10AM
HOPPERS on warm days starting to slow down!
Some Caddis in the evenings.

“Must-have” fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:



Fly Name: Fly Color: Fly Size(s):
Cmo Caddis black, tan 16-18
Cdc Comparadun Dry Fly Tan 20
San Juan Worm Red or red and tan 8-10
Blue Wing Olive Parachute Bluewing Olive 18-20
Bluewing Olive Olive 18-20
Foam Park Hopper 10
Trico Bunny Dun Black 18-20
Soft Hackle Ray Charles Pink 16-18
Soft Hackle Ray Charles grey
Trico Spinner Black and Green 18-20


Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 1 – September 31)

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet Size

Best fly fishing rod: 9′ 5 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Trout WF
(10/02/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Water flow: 2,983.5cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 6:00am till dark

Best stretch: Afterbay to Bighorn is the best stretch right now.

Best access point: 1st – After Bay 2nd – 3 mile 3rd – Bighorn

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Trico’s in the morning Spinner fall about 10AM
HOPPERS on warm days ALL DAY!
Some Caddis in the evenings.

“Must-have” fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Fly Name: Fly Color: Fly Size(s):
Cmo Caddis black, tan 16-18
Cdc Comparadun Dry Fly Tan 20
San Juan Worm Red or red and tan 8-10
Blue Wing Olive Parachute Bluewing Olive 18-20
Bluewing Olive Olive 18-20
Foam Park Hopper 10
Trico Bunny Dun Black 18-20
Soft Hackle Ray Charles Pink 16-18
Soft Hackle Ray Charles grey
Trico Spinner Black and Green 18-20

Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 1 – September 31)

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet Size

Best fly fishing rod: 9′ 5 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Trout WF (09/30/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: The fish are moving into the more oxygenated heavy water now with the water temps being near perfect for browns and rainbows Sight fishing is great. Fishing the banks with hoppers is very exciting, productive and fun! Dry fly fishing is best done from down stream from the fish, presenting the fly as a dead drift. Nymph fishing below indicators with 9′-3X leaders (Orvis Superstrong # KM0714-61) 2 BB’s shot seem to be the right weight. Orvis’ Helios Rod with it’s strong backbone, is really handling extra weight and bigger fish very well. I prefer the Helios 6 weight. (ZG Helios 906-4 Tip 9.5)

The flows are at 3,040cfs. Great sight nymphing for Big Fish! Check out the techniques section. Both floating and wading productive while nymphing. Wading only option for rising fish except fishing hopper’s, then you want to drift and fish the banks. Streamer fishing is spottier but some cloudy days can be good, banks and deep pools. River Sections- Although we have been floating the entire 13 mile stretch from Afterbay to Bighorn this is how it breaks down. HOPPERS ALL THE WAY DOWN! 0 to 3 mile Access – Great Nymphing a few drys and hoppers, 3 to Bighorn Access – Better dry fly activity, Great Nymphing, best bet for streamers and hoppers. Bighorn Access to Mallards Landing – Good Hopper fishing. Some of our guides have been doing 3 mile to Mallards and drifting all the way. Mainly only hopper fishing. Water clarity fair. The bottom tributaries are starting to clear up so the lower river is getting better.

(09/09/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Water flow: 3,040cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 9:00am till dark

Best stretch: Afterbay to Bighorn is the best stretch right now.

Best access point: 1st – After Bay 2nd – 3 mile 3rd – Bighorn

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Peak hatch times late afternoon till dark
HOPPERS on warm days ALL DAY!
Caddis in the evenings.

“Must-have” fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Fly Name: Fly Color: Fly Size(s):
Cmo Caddis black, tan 16-18
Cdc Comparadun Dry Fly Tan 20
San Juan Worm Red or red and tan 8-10
Blue Wing Olive Parachute Bluewing Olive 18-20
Ant Selection back and red 14-16
Foam Park Hopper 10
Tan wonder nymph Red 14-20
Soft Hackle Ray Charles Pink 16-18
Soft Hackle Ray Charles grey

Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 1 – September 31)

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet Size

Best fly fishing rod: 9′ 6 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Trout WF

(09/04/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Water flow: 3,960cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 9:00am till 7:00pm

Best stretch: After Bay to 3 mile, then 3 mile to Bighorn, Bighorn to Mallards(lots of jet boats this weekend on this stretch)

Best access point: 1st - After Bay 2nd - 3 mile

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Peak hatch times late afternoon till 7:00
Few PMD mid day 2:00-5:00
HOPPERS ALL DAY!
Caddis in the evenings.

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Fly Name: Fly Color: Fly Size(s):
Pale Sulpher Thorax Tan 16-14
Cdc Comparadun Dry Fly Tan 20
San Juan Worm Red or red and tan 8-10
Blue Wing Olive Parachute Bluewing Olive 18-20
Ant Selection back and red 14-16
Wd-40 10
Tan wonder nymph Red 14-20
Soft Hackle Ray Charles Pink 16-18

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby: Forrester's Bighorn River
Eagle Nest Lodge

Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: May 1 - September 31)

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet Size

Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Trout WF
(07/29/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Water flow: 4665cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 9:00am till 7:00pm

Best stretch: After Bay to 3 mile, then 3 mile to Bighorn, Bighorn to Mallards(lots of jet boats this weekend on this stretch)

Best access point: 1st – After Bay 2nd – 3 mile

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Peak hatch times late afternoon till 7:00
Few PMD mid day 2:00-5:00
A few Hoppers starting to appear

“Must-have” fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Fly Name: Fly Color: Fly Size(s):
Pale Sulpher Thorax Tan 16-14
Cdc Comparadun Dry Fly Tan 20
San Juan Worm Red or red and tan 8-10
Blue Wing Olive Parachute Bluewing Olive 18-20
Ant Selection back and red 14-16
Wd-40 10
Tan wonder nymph Red 14-20
Soft Hackle Ray Charles Pink 16-18

Fish species: Wild Rainbow & Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: May 1 – September 31)

Nearest airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet Size

Best fly fishing rod: 9′ 6 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Trout WF

(07/21/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The major runoff for the Bighorn Basin Drainage has passed. There are 3 major reservoirs that release flows ending up in the Bighorn Lake and directly affect the flows in the Bighorn River. Here are their flows and capacity. First there is Buffalo Bill on the Shoshone River near Cody Wyoming - 4,346cfs at 93% full. Next there is Bull Lake on the North Fork of the Wind near Dubois Wyoming - 1,220cfs at 94% full. It releases into Boysen Reservoir near Shoshoni Wyoming - 6,600cfs and is 100% full with 23% Flood Pool full. Then there is the Bighorn Reservoir at Fort Smith - 7,887 at Afterbay and 100% full with 20% Flood Pool full. Although we are not affected by run off to the same degree as other non tailwater fisheries, the flows are higher and very clear. With the higher flows, the temps come up a bit which makes for very active feeding fish. Higher flows make for great fishing. Increase the weight of your fly to get it down. The emergence of aquatic earth worms (San Juan Worms) in huge numbers creates the opportunity for some big fish! I suggest Red or two tone red and tan chenille in size 8. Hoppers are starting to appear. The fish are starting to look at some of the ants that are being washed down, and they will appear as random splashy rises. This week PMD's and a few Black Caddis are also starting to appear. Lastly, the water is at a perfect flow rate for some side stream dry fly action. (07/21/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: *Current Report*
Fair to Good Dry Fly Fishing and Great Nymph Fishing

*River Flow & Water Temperature*
6,040 CSF - 42 degrees at the after bay 43 degrees at 3 mile.

*View of the Aquarium* - from my office
Cooler weather, rain and increase flows have lessen pressure on the river. Fewer boats and walk down wade fisherman.

*Best Techniques*
With increasing flows and cooler weather dry fly fishing is a little more sporadic, however with as a slightly overcast days BWO’s still 1pm till 7pm midges off and on all day till dark. Look closely for risers can be hard to see with higher flows. Patience will pay off as you may see only sporadic rises for BWO's but fish will continue to look for them all day. It is best to approach from below, but adjust your position for current and lighting. Nymphing with indicator in slightly deeper water, below drop offs. Look for shelves with slow to moderate current and soft edges of riffles. Also seams along heavy water for biggest fish. Use enough weight to touch bottom occasionally. Any unexplained movement might be a strike. From 7:30 pm till Dark (8:50) Midges may attract pods of feeding fish.

*One-Week Fishing Forecast*
Well we had SNOW Sunday the 7th in the morning, then cooler and rain all day. The forecast is for cooler days with thunderstorms in the p.m. Still some overcast each day which should be good for the hatches. Wind is forecasted to be light all week. Dry fly fishing is sporadic because of the increase flow and weather but should settle in to be more constant latter in the week with increase temperatures and Nymphing is excellent good.

*River Sections*
0 to 3 mile Access – Fair to Good Dry Fly Fishing - Great Nymphing
3 to Bighorn Access – Fair to Good Dry Fly activity, great nymphing, best bet for streamers. Soap Creek is still affecting the water clarity but not as much with the cooler temperatures. With the rain we have and an a lot of snow on the mountains, we should start seeing more runoff and increase flows. Taking into consideration the higher temperatures the 5 creeks that enter the Bighorn will start to decrease clarity the farther you go down.
Bighorn Access to Mallards Landing – Cooler increase flows have caused a lot of moss and water clarity to really affect the fishing. Some guides have even been skunked.

*Hatch Info*
Peak hatch times 1pm-5pm for BWO’s and 7:30pm till dark for midges. BWO patterns still effective over some midging fish. BWO’s 1pm till 5pm.

*Hot Fly Patterns*
Olive Comparadun size 20, Griffiths Gnat size 20-22, Black Midge 22-24,
Black and red Midges in both warped and bead head size 18-20. Brassies
Red In 18-20. Black Quills in 18-20, Ray Charles in orange, pink, gray or
tan (16-18), Soft Hackle Sowbugs in tan, gray, or pink (14 16 and 18)
Scuds in brown (16-18), Baetis Wonder Nymph in 18-20, Red Midge Larva in 16-20, Black Zebra Midge in 18-20, Pheasant Tail in 18-20, Worm wax or wire wrap in red, orange, and 2 tone in

*River Flow*

*Water Temperature*
40 degrees at the after bay 41 degrees at 3 mile.
(06/08/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: *Current Report*

Good Dry Fly Fishing and Great Nymph Fishing

*View of the Aquarium* - from my office
Memorial Day Weekend lots of boats going to the river and lake. Very busy on the river. Monday will be the worst with 20 boats from a school in Billings all going down the same time.

*Best Techniques*
Dry fly fishing has been more consistant with the stable flows this past week. Sunday we had fish on BWO dries from noon til 7:30, whether or not the bugs were present! Midges have still been off and on all day. The best news this week has been great sight nymphing for Big Fish! Sunny days with fewer rising fish have the best potential. Look carefully in softer riffle water and edges of heavier flow from ankle to waist deep. Use enough weight to get down quickly and cast 6 to 10 feet above the fish. Watch the fish (not the indicator) for a swiping motion or a wink of white when he opens his mouth as your fly passes. Fish have finally spread out and can be found in all types of water. Use enough weight to touch bottom occasionally. Any unexplained movement might be a strike. From 7:30 pm till Dark (9:15) Midges may attract pods of feeding fish.

*One-Week Fishing Forecast*
The forecast is for warmer days with slight chance of rain Sunday and Monday. Still some overcast each day which should be good for the hatches. Wind is forecasted to be light all week. Dry fly fishing improving and Nymphing is very good.

*River Sections*
0 to 3 mile Access - Good Dry Fly Fishing - Great Nymphing

3 to Bighorn Access – Good Dry Fly activity, great nymphing, best bet for streamers. Soap Creek affecting the water clarity where it enters the river the farther you go down to 13 mile (Bighorn Access) the more it is affected. With the high temperatures the 5 creeks that enter the Bighorn will start to decrease clarity.

Bighorn Access to Mallards Landing – Water clarity good to great some days fair to good nymphing, good streamer and some dry fly.

*Hatch Info*
Peak hatch times 12pm to 7pm for BWO’s and 7:30pm till dark for midges. BWO patterns still effective over some midging fish.


*Hot Fly Patterns*
Olive Comparadun size 20, Griffiths Gnat size 20-22, Black Midge 22-24,
Black and red Midges in both wrapped and bead head size 18-20. Brassies
Red In 18-20. Black Quills in 18-20, Ray Charles in orange, pink, gray or
tan (16-18), Soft Hackle Sowbugs in tan, gray, or pink (14 16 and 18)
Scuds in brown (16-18), Baetis Wonder Nymph in 18-20, Red Midge Larva in 16-20, Black Zebra Midge in 18-20, Pheasant Tail in 18-20, Worm wax or wire wrap in red, orange, and 2 tone in

*River Flows*

Current Flow Below Afterbay is 4,085 CFS

*Water Temperature*
41 degrees at the after bay 42 degrees at 3 mile.
(05/26/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: *Current Report*

Good Dry Fly Fishing and Great Nymph Fishing

*View of the Aquarium* - from my office
Lots of people out this weekend on the river. Must be the good weather

*Best Techniques*
With increasing flows dry fly fishing is a little more sporadic, BWO’s 1pm till 5pm midges off and on all day. Look closely for risers can be hard to see with higher flows. Patience will pay off as you may see only sporadic rises for BWO's but fish will continue to look for them all day. It is best to approach from below, but adjust your position for current and lighting. Nymphing with indicator in slightly deeper water, below drop offs. Look for shelves with slow to moderate current and soft edges of riffles. Also seams along heavy water for biggest fish. Use enough weight to touch bottom occasionally. Any unexplained movement might be a strike. From 7:30 pm till Dark (8:50) Midges may attract pods of feeding fish.

*One-Week Fishing Forecast*
The forecast is for warmer days with slight chance of rain toward the end of the week. Some overcast each day which should be good for the hatches. Wind is forecasted to be light all week, but that is what they said last week. When we had guests the latter part of the week up to 45 mph. It does diminish toward dark. Thus dry fly fishing should improve some and Nymphing is always good.

*River Sections*
0 to 3 mile Access - Good Dry Fly Fishing - Great Nymphing

3 to Bighorn Access – Good Dry Fly activity, great nymphing, best bet for streamers. Soap Creek affecting the water clarity where it enters the river the farther you go down to 13 mile (Bighorn Access) the more it is affected. With the high temperatures the 5 creeks that enter the Bighorn will start to decrease clarity.

Bighorn Access to Mallards Landing - Water clarity drops off, some days fair to good nymphing, good streamer.

*Hatch Info*
Peak hatch times 1pm-3pm for BWO’s and 7:30pm till dark for midges. BWO patterns still effective over some midging fish. BWO’s 1pm till 5pm.


*Hot Fly Patterns*
Olive Comparadun size 20, Griffiths Gnat size 20-22, Black Midge 22-24,
Black and red Midges in both warped and bead head size 18-20. Brassies
Red In 18-20. Black Quills in 18-20, Ray Charles in orange, pink, gray or
tan (16-18), Soft Hackle Sowbugs in tan, gray, or pink (14 16 and 18)
Scuds in brown (16-18), Baetis Wonder Nymph in 18-20, Red Midge Larva in 16-20, Black Zebra Midge in 18-20, Pheasant Tail in 18-20, Worm wax or wire wrap in red, orange, and 2 tone in
*River Flows*

Pool Elevation is 3620.6 Feet
Pool Elevation to Fill 19.4 Feet
Reservoir Storage is 878393. Acre-Feet
Reservoir Storage to Fill 191636.0 Acre-Feet
Reservoir Inflow is 3477.7 CFS
Reservoir Outflow is 4345.4 CFS
Reservoir Active Conservation Pool is 82.1 % Full
Reservoir Flood/Surcharge Control Pool is 0.0 % Full
Mean Daily Flow Below Afterbay Flow is 4020.1 CFS
Mean Daily Canal Diversion is 174.0 CFS
Mean Daily Total Flow at Afterbay is 4194.0 CFS
Current Flow Below Afterbay is 3925.2 CFS
Current Canal Diversion is 171.2 CFS
Current total Flow at Afterbay is 4096.4 CFS

*Water Temperature*
40 degrees at the after bay 41 degrees at 3 mile.
(05/19/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing:

*Current Report*
Excellent Dry Fly Fishing and Nymph Fishing

*View of the Aquarium* - from my office

Lots of boat traffic, form 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you launch at the after bay after 1 p.m. most traffic is way down river. After bay access very busy this weekend.

*Best Techniques*

From 11:30a.m. – Till dark look carefully for quiet rises along slick edges of riffles and quiet flats. Rising fish may not be visible from all angles. Patience may pay off as you may see only sporadic rises for BWO’s but fish will continue to look for them. The steadier rises may require matching size of bugs closely; otherwise try a size or two bigger. Also try BWO pattern for midging fish, they sometimes look for them all day. Best to approach from below, but adjust your position for current and lighting. Nymphing w/indicator in shallow water has been extremely productive. Start light and use stealthy indicators. Look for shelves with slow to moderate current and soft edges of riffles. Also seams along heavy water for biggest fish. Adjusting weight and length of rig is important to keep your fly close to the bottom. Mending carefully to keep it drag free will get the most action, look closely as
strikes are mostly very subtle, any pause or twitch deserves a response. From 7 pm till Dark (8:45pm) Midges are creating pods of feeding fish.

*One-Week Fishing Forecast*

The Bureau of Reclamation will be testing gates and gauges on the 5th, 6th and 7th of May. The water flow will fluctuate between 1,500 cfs to 4,500 cfs for short periods. Never know how this will affect the fishing. There is a slight chance of precipitation all week (20 to 30%) in the form of rain. High in the Mid 60’s and lows in the mid 40’s. Every day looks like we will have some clouds, so hatches should be fairly good.

*River Sections*

0 to 3 mile Access - Good Dry Fly Fishing - Great Nymphing

3 to Bighorn Access – Good Dry Fly activity, great nymphing, best bet for streamers. Soap Creek affecting the water clarity where it enters the river the farther you go down to 13 mile (Bighorn Access) the more it is affected..

Bighorn Access to Mallards Landing - Not much due to water clarity, Nymph fishing is hard.

*Hatch Info*

Peak hatch times 1pm-3pm for BWO’s and 7pmtil dark for midges. BWO patterns still effective over some midging fish.

*Hot Fly Patterns*

Olive Comparadun size 20, Griffiths Gnat size 20-22, Black Midge 22-24,

Black and red Midges in both warped and bead head size 18-20. Brassies Red In 18-20. Black Quills in 18-20, Ray Charles in orange, pink, gray or tan (16-18), Soft Hackle Sowbugs in tan, gray, or pink (14 16 and 18) Scuds in brown (16-18), Baetis Wonder Nymph in 18-20, Red Midge Larva in 16-20, Black Zebra Midge in 18-20, Pheasant Tail in 18-20, Worm wax or wire wrap in red, orange, and 2 tone in


*River Flows*
Pool Elevation is 3622.9 Feet
Pool Elevation to Fill 17.1 Feet
Reservoir Storage is 896941. Acre-Feet
Reservoir Storage to Fill 173088.0 Acre-Feet
Reservoir Inflow is 2233.6 CFS
Reservoir Outflow is 3476.3 CFS
Reservoir Active Conservation Pool is 83.8 % Full
Reservoir Flood/Surcharge Control Pool is 0.0 % Full
Mean Daily Flow Below After bay Flow is 3495.9 CFS
Mean Daily Canal Diversion is 0.0 CFS
Mean Daily Total Flow at After bay is 3495.9 CFS
Current Flow Below After bay is 3492.4 CFS
Current Canal Diversion is 0.0 CFS
Current total Flow at After bay is 3492.4 CFS
*Water Temperature*
40 degrees at the After bay 41 degrees at 3 mile.
(05/06/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: *Current Report*
Excellent Dry Fly Fishing and Nymph Fishing

*View of the Aquarium* - from my office

Boat traffic and walk in wade fisherman are picking up, of course busier over the weekend

*Best Techniques*

From 11:30a.m. – till dark look carefully for quiet rises along slick edges of riffles and
quiet flats. Rising fish may not be visible from all angles. Patience may pay off
as you may see only sporadic rises for BWO's but fish will continue to look for
them. The steadier rises may require matching size of bugs closely; otherwise
try a size or two bigger. Also try BWO pattern for midging fish, they sometimes
look for them all day. Best to approach from below, but adjust your position
for current and lighting. Nymphing w/indicator in shallow water has been extremely
productive. Start light and use stealthy indicators. Look for shelves with slow to
moderate current and soft edges of riffles. Also seams along heavy water for biggest
fish. Adjusting weight and length of rig is important to keep your fly close to the bottom.
Mending carefully to keep it drag free, will get the most action, look closely as
strikes are mostly very subtle, any pause or twitch deserves a response. From 7 pm till Dark (8:45pm) Midges are creating pods of feeding fish.

*One-Week Fishing Forecast*

This is going to be one of the best weeks to be on the Bighorn this year. Dries fly fishing will do nothing but pick up. All week the highs are to be in the mid to upper 70’s. This could cause the wind to blow some but has usually been dying down a couple hours before dark. Forecast is for winds 5 to 15 mph through the week.

*River Sections*

0 to 3 mile Access - Best Dry Fly Fishing - Great Nymphing

3 to Bighorn Access – Good Dry Fly activity, great nymphing, Best bet for streamers. Soap Creek starting
to effect the water clarity the farther you go down to 13 mile the more it looks like chocolate (Bighorn Access).

Bighorn Access to Mallards Landing - Not much due to water clarity, Nymphing is ok.

*Hatch Info*

Peak hatch times 1pm-3pm for BWO’s and 7pmtil dark for midges. BWO patterns still effective over some midging fish.

*Hot Fly Patterns*

Olive Comparadun size 20, Griffiths Gnat size 20-22, Black Midge 22-24,

Black and red Midges in both warped and bead head size 18-20. Brassies
Red In 18-20. Black Quills in 18-20, Ray Charles in orange, pink, gray or
tan (16-18), Soft Hackle Sowbugs in tan, gray, or pink (14 16 and 18)
Scuds in brown (16-18), Baetis Wonder Nymph in 18-20, Red Midge Larva in 16-20, Black Zebra Midge in 18-20, Pheasant Tail in 18-20




*River Flows*
Pool Elevation is 3625.6 Feet
Pool Elevation to Fill 14.4 Feet
Reservoir Storage is 919237. Acre-Feet
Reservoir Storage to Fill 150792.0 Acre-Feet
Reservoir Inflow is 2394.7 CFS
Reservoir Outflow is 2918.6 CFS
Reservoir Active Conservation Pool is 85.9 % Full
Reservoir Flood/Surcharge Control Pool is 0.0 % Full
Mean Daily Flow Below After bay Flow is 2983.5 CFS
Mean Daily Canal Diversion is 0.0 CFS
Mean Daily Total Flow at After bay is 2983.5 CFS
Current Flow Below After bay is 2996.6 CFS
Current Canal Diversion is 0.0 CFS
Current total Flow at After bay is 2996.6 CFS

*Water Temperature*
39 degrees at the Afterbay 40 degrees at 3 mile. (04/20/09)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: *Current Report*
The river is fishing great. There are very few people on the water. Wind has really been blowing from afterbay to about 2 miles down river.
Steady winds 25 to 35, Gusts over 70 MPH! Every day now since December 24th. Not as bad down river. Browns are stacked on the reds, so watch were you are walking when wading!

**
*Hot Fly Patterns*
Black quills in 18-20, Ray Charles in orange, pink, gray or tan (16-18),
tan, grey, or pink soft hackle sowbugs in (14 16 and 18) scuds in pink,
tan or pink in 14-18), baetis Wonder Nymph in 18-20, and of course the
wire worm in red, orange, or two tone.

*River Flows*
*Pool Elevation is 3633.3 Feet
Pool Elevation to Fill 6.7 Feet
Reservoir Storage is 992853. Acre-Feet
Reservoir Storage to Fill 77176.0 Acre-Feet
Reservoir Inflow is 1765.5 CFS
Reservoir Outflow is 2243.0 CFS
Reservoir Active Conservation Pool is 92.8 % Full
Reservoir Flood/Surcharge Control Pool is 0.0 % Full
Mean Daily Flow Below Afterbay Flow is 2431.4 CFS
Mean Daily Canal Diversion is 0.0 CFS
Mean Daily Total Flow at Afterbay is 2431.4 CFS
Current Flow Below Afterbay is 2395.6 CFS
Current Canal Diversion is 0.0 CFS
Current total Flow at Afterbay is 2395.6 CFS

*

*Water Temperature*
46 degrees at the Afterbay 48 degrees at 3 mile (12/31/08)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Current Report
The river has really cleared and streamers would be HOT if it warmed up enough to fish. Since December 6th we have had 1 day above freezing. The average high has been 15 degrees with lows every night below zero.

One-Week Fishing Forecast
Should be good Streamer fishing after Christmas when the high are scheduled to be 36 to 38 degrees between December 28 and 30th.

*Pool Elevation is 3634.7 Feet
Pool Elevation to Fill 5.3 Feet
Reservoir Storage is 1007646. Acre-Feet
Reservoir Storage to Fill 62383.0 Acre-Feet Reservoir Inflow is 1845.4 CFS Reservoir Outflow is 2341.5 CFS Reservoir Active Conservation Pool is 94.2 % Full Reservoir Flood/Surcharge Control Pool is 0.0 % Full Mean Daily Flow Below Afterbay Flow is 2441.3 CFS Mean Daily Canal Diversion is 0.0 CFS Mean Daily Total Flow at Afterbay is 2441.3 CFS Current Flow Below Afterbay is 2421.5 CFS Current Canal Diversion is 0.0 CFS Current total Flow at Afterbay is 2421.5 CFS
*

Water Temperature
Warmer than the Air Temperature

Waterfowl Hunting
Have not seen near the number of Geese and ducks up here on the upper 3 miles this year and compared to last year. However, during the trips I have taken to Hardin, have seen a lot of activity below 13 mile to Hardin. Have people coming in to hunt and fish from the 26th to 31st so will report then.

Lower river is still the best waterfowl hunting.
(12/23/08)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The river has really cleared and streamers are HOT. Fishing is good on nymphs, using worms, sowbugs, Ray Charles and scuds. Browns are starting to stage. Has been really windy the last 4 days, and warm . Water flows are at 2,442 cfs. ***One-Week Fishing Forecast* Snow today and temps are cooling significantly. Highs in the 30's to low 40's later in the week. If it warms too much wind will be a factor! FLIES: Black quills in 18-20, Ray Charles in orange, pink, gray or tan (16-18), tan, grey, or pink soft hackle sowbugs in (14 16 and 18) scuds in pink, tan or pink in 14-18), baetis Wonder Nymph in 18-20, and of course the wire worm in red, orange, or two tone. (12/05/08)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Bighorn River Fishing Report - Fort Lewis, Montana The river is clearing, and streamers are working well. Worms, sowbugs, tan and gray Ray Charles! Water flows are at 2,660 cfs. Fishing is fair on nymphs. Water clarity is still improving from week to week and fish are feeding more consistently. Aquatic grass is still a factor, but the nymph and streamer fishing is starting to turn on. A few fish are being taken on tricos. Sowbugs, scuds, Baetis nymphs, and Zebra midge pupa are working subsurface. Also, trico fishing is good on the Bighorn to Mallards stretch, with some trico fishing on the upper river. Tan caddis are beginning to show up. Flows are at 2,660 cfs. Fishing is picking up, nymph fishing in the faster water and some tricos in the a.m. Forecast: Temperatures are cooling. High's in the 50’s this week. Hatch Info Hatches currently include some black caddis and baetis. Rainy and overcast days seem to be producing more bugs. Hot Fly Patterns Streamers are working very well right now! Try LBFs or black quills in 18-20, Ray Charles in orange, pink, gray or tan (16-18), tan, grey, or pink soft hackle sowbugs in (14, 16 and 18), nymphs, scuds in tan or pink in 14-18), baetis Wonder Nymph in 18-20. Of course the worm is working well in the flat wax or wire style in red, orange or two-tone. You could also try a #18 Zebra Midge. River Flows 2,660 cfs Afterbay Water Temperature 51 degrees at the Afterbay, 53 degrees at 3-mile (10/27/08)
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