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Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn)

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State: Montana.
City: Fort Smith
     

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Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Bighorn River, Montana
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 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)
Nick Forrester (ForrestersBigHorn) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Bighorn River, Montana
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 on the Bighorn River, Montana
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 on the Bighorn River, Montana

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 on the Bighorn River, Montana
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 on the Bighorn River, Montana
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 on the Bighorn River, Montana
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 on the Bighorn River, Montana
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 on the Bighorn River, Montana
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)
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