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Bighorn River Report (12/30/2009)

Bighorn River Report Details

Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported on the Bighorn River, Montana - 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)
Conditions that day:
Very good
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