Fishing Report

  • From the center of the boat fishing report 5/18/2017

    From the center of the boat fishing report 5/18/2017 This blog is based on a guides perspective on fishing and life. It will also give a reader some perspective on a typical trip with a fishing guide almost anywhere. Client Question: “What’s your last on Donald Trump” Guide Response: “Who!? What!? I didn’t say cast at the stump. I said cast behind it in the slow water, and give it an upstream ...
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  • Forrester's Fly Bench Fishing Report: May 4, 2017

    Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/4/2017 Thanks for visiting the Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort’s weekly fishing report . This is the most up-to-date information on where trout are hiding and what they are eating on the Bighorn River in Fort Smith, Montana. River Data: River flow: 13,000 cfs Water Temp: 47.8 F Mountain Snow pack: 165% of average and rising Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, ...
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  • The Gem On The Bighorn

    When people think of the Bighorn River, they think about great trout fishing and beautiful Montana scenery. They think about good conversations and jokes with old friends and that once and lifetime chance to hit the greatest dry fly hatch of their lives. At Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort we aim to make all those things happen. However, we want to elevate the experience that gets you there. ...
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  • Forrester's Fly Bench: Fishing Report 4/11/2017

    River Data: River flow: 10,026 cfs Water Temp: 41.7 F Mountain Snow pack: 146% of average and falling Hot Flies: Nymphs: Size 14-18 Grey Ray Charles Size 14-18 Pink Soft Hackle Size 16-18 Orange Scud (Works best Afterbay to 3-mile) Size 16-18 Baetis Nymphs Dry Flies: Blue Wing Olive Mayflies Size 16-18 Cripple Thor Size 16-18 Snowshoe Baetis Size 16-18 CDC Student Streamers: The fish are still ...
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  • Forrester's Fly Bench Fishing Report: March 23, 2017

    Fishing Report: Size 16-18 Grey Ray Charles Size 16-18 Pink Soft Hackle Size 16-18 Orange Scud (Works best Afterbay to 3-mile) Size 18 Zebra midge River flow: 8,500cfs Water Temp: 37.4 F Mountain Snow pack: 133% of average and rising The river is still flowing high at about 8,500 cfs and some are predicting the river to stay high for as long as July. BUT no fear, the fishing has been incredible! ...
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  • Fish an Orange Scud Bud!

    Scuds are another name for freshwater shrimp. Scuds have a flattened segmented body, 14 pairs of legs, antennae and a tail. There are more than 150 types of freshwater scuds in North America and the most common scuds in tail waters come from the family Gammaridae. Some can grow as large as an inch, but most are barely half that size. Scuds thrive in cool, well-oxygenated water with small amounts ...
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  • Pros and Cons of High Water on the Bighorn River

    This year the Bighorn River basin has received an incredible amount of snow, which of course means the potential for high water. So far it’s shaping up to be that way. The current lake elevation is already 3630.2 feet. The average elevation this time of year is typically 3,611.3 feet. The water is coming into the lake at 3899 cubic feet per second and the mountain snow pack is 142% of average and ...
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  • Best Fly Fishing Rods

    If you are just learning how to fly fish , or if you are interested in learning, you might be wondering who makes the best fly rod or who are the top manufacturers? However, the answer you are looking for can be tricky. If you were to speak with a fly fishing guide, they might vouch for the brands they endorse or are authorized dealers of one. To try to provide the best answer possible, our team ...
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  • Benefits of a Hunting Dog

    The sport of hunting is very popular in the United States. Hunters enjoy the fresh air, hushed silence of the outdoors, and the adrenaline ride of victory after taking down prey successfully. One way to increase the chances of hunting prey and a successful trip is by using a hunting dog. In cave paintings that date back thousands of years ago, dogs were documented as hunting companions prior to ...
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  • Three Great Gift Ideas for the Fisherman in Your Life!

    Do you have a fishing enthusiast in your life that you struggle to find gifts for? You’re not alone. People who are into fishing, either as a hobby or even more serious, are very picky about their gear. Because of this, it is strongly advised that you do not attempt to buy them something specialized. Rather, gifts that are practical and almost universally-needed almost always are a hit. Here are ...
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  • Species Profile: The Rainbow Trout

    The rainbow trout is one of the most popular and common species of fish found in the streams and lakes of Montana, and is the most popular gamefish in the state. On this blog, we look at some of the characteristics and habits of this particular breed in order to help you better prepare to wrangle them in on your next fishing trip with us at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort. Appearance The rainbow ...
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  • Brown Trout of the Bighorn River

    The brown trout was introduced to North America in 1883 but originated in Europe and western Asia. It was introduced to Montana in 1889 and is now found throughout most of the state. They swim throughout the wild rivers of Montana. They prefer larger, low gradient streams, where temperatures range from 55 to 65 degrees in the summer months, but they also do well in many reservoirs. Unlike rainbow ...
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  • The Many Health Benefits of Fishing

    If you ask any die-hard fisher why they love the sport, they will probably say something about the thrill of the catch or the time they get to spend quietly thinking. However, fly fishing can be so much more as it actually has many health benefits. Fishing is a blend of sport and relaxation, making it a perfect low-impact, low-stress activity. It keeps you moving for hours, using your muscles and ...
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  • Fly Fishing Guide: Choosing Flies

    At Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort , we are proud to offer one of the best fly-fishing experiences for avid fly fishermen. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned fly fisher, researching new techniques can help you improve your skills. Continue reading to learn three quick tips on choosing flies for fly-fishing the Bighorn. 1. Fly Color and Size When choosing flies size can matter. Choosing ...
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  • Duck Decoy Tips

    Alluring waterfowl spreads for fall With the fall waterfowl hunting season approaching, avid waterfowlers are finding they have to step up their hunting game to separate themselves from the competition. Ducks and other waterfowl are getting smart to some of the tried and true decoy tricks and set ups. The experts at our Bighorn River hunting resort have created this list of duck decoy tips to help ...
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