Bighorn River Report 4/24/18 – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Bighorn River Report 4/24/18

The Bighorn River has been fishing well recently. Flows are currently running at 7,520 cfs with very little variation. Nymphing has been very productive using midge variations, tan Epoxyback Sowbugs, tan Carpet Bugs, and Beatis nymphs. These bugs are best fished with at least a BB split shot about 8 feet from the indicator or 4 to 5 feet deep in soft inside bends. Midges and Baetis have been coming off heavily and you are likely to find rising fish in slow water near the bank. The dry fly action has not been incredibly reliable though. Streamer fishing has been good using white or tan bugs like the Goldie Articulator or the tan Silk Kitty in the mornings and on cloudy days. We have also heard reports of large browns eating both streamers and nymphs. The Bighorn is a good option now that the Jefferson, Gallatin, and Yellowstone have significant color.