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Big Horn River Sponsored by
Date 21-Jun-18
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Conditions : Big Horn River: The Horn has bumped slightly to 13,700CFS. The increase in flows has brought the moss but as of now the bulk of the moss is below three mile. Worms are becoming a more common food source since flows have come up. Sowbugs are still the mainstay for the most part. Wire or san juan worms in pink or red are a good bet with a fire bead ray charles or pink sowbug below it. Streamer fishing is a good option as well. It keeps you out of the moss and is a good way to actively seek out fish. Dont be afraid to huck big stuff. The fish will eat em! Here at troutfitters we like white, black, yellow, brown, gold, or bighorn.

Dries| Comparadun BWO: 18-20, Brook Sprout BWO: 18-20-22, Ex. Body BWO: 18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20

Nymphs| Mega prince 12-6; Rubber Legs 12-6; San Juan Worm (assorted colors and sizes) Hot Bead Ray Charles Tan & Pink: 16-18 Spring Creek Scuds Pink & Orange: 16-18 Wilcox's Green Machine PT & Chart: 16-18 Black PT: 16-18 Batwing Emerger BWO: 16-18 Hunchback Crystal Pearl: 16-18 Copper Bead Mayfly: 16-18 Curtis Thunder Creek UV Emerger Rust: 16-18 Tailwater Tiny Rust: 16-18

Streamers| Woolly Bugger Black: 6-8, JJ Specials 4-8, Silvey's Sculpin, Natural, White, Black: 2 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Black, White: 2 Flash Fry Minnow White/Gray:4 Bennet's Lunch Money Shad: 2 Galloups Flat Liner Gray/White: 2 Baby Gonga Tan/Yellow: 6

Reported by: Montana Troutfitters


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About: - Since the completion of Yellowtail Dam the Bighorn River is rated one of the world’s finest trout streams because of its abundant trout, dense insect hatches, and easy accessibility. The river below was transformed into a cold, clear tailwater, much like a giant spring creek - an ideal habitat for trout. (more on the Bighorn River and Access Map)
  • Brown Trout
  • Burbot
  • Channel Catfish
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Northern Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Sauger
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Walleye

Misc Info: - Restrictions: Afterbay Dam To Cable 600 Feet Downstream And Downstream From Bighorn FAS Open entire year. May use live nongame bait fish (as identified in standard district regulations). Combined Trout: 5 daily and in possession, only 1 over 18 inches and only 1 rainbow trout.
Cable 600 Feet Below Afterbay Dam To Bighorn FAS Open entire year. Combined Trout: 5 brown trout daily and in possession, only 1 over 18 inches. Catch-and-release for rainbow trout, except anglers 14 years of age and younger may take 1 rainbow trout daily and in possession, any size. Artificial lures only.


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