Fishing Report

  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 9/20/2017

    Trico’s are back, but not for long. The cooler temps are making the trico spinner fall more abrupt and shorter lived, but the trout are getting more aggressive on them. River Data: River flow: 3,200 cfs Water Temp: 65 F Mountain Snow pack: 0% The snow is gone Lake Inflow: 5,867 cfs Lake Level: On target for normal Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow Bugs, Sunken Trico, Pseudo Nymph, Orange Scud, Caddis Method: ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 9/1/2017 Montana is on fire and so is the fishing on the Bighorn River!

    River Data: River flow: 3,000 cfs Water Temp: 64 F Mountain Snow pack: 0% The snow is gone Lake Inflow: 1,394 cfs Lake Level: On target for normal Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow Bugs, Sunken Trico, Pseudo Nymph, Orange Scud Method: 7.5 foot 4x or stronger leader to one BB split shot. 1ft or so to the first fly and1ft or so to the second fly. Size 14-18 Grey Ray Charles Size 14-18 Tan Ray Charles Size ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 8/20/2017 Smokey days on the Bighorn can produce some interesting opportunities.

    River Data: River flow: 3,300 cfs Water Temp: 64 F Mountain Snow pack: 0% The snow is gone Lake Inflow: 3,780 cfs Lake Level: On target for normal Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow Bugs, Worms, Sunken Trico, Pseudo Nymph Method: 7.5 foot 4x or stronger leader to one BB split shot. 1ft or so to the first fly and1ft or so to the second fly. Size 14-18 Grey Ray Charles Size 14-18 Tan Ray Charles Size 18 -20 ...
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  • A great man lasts forever on the Bighorn River

    Many of you may have noticed a plaque of black and gold on the river left side of the aquarium hole on the Bighorn River. The plaque honors a great fly fisherman, a great friend and great man. Matt Placzek was an avid fly fisherman who fished all over the globe, but always considered the Bighorn River to be one of his favorites. He preferred dry fly fishing. However, like all true anglers he ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 7/27/2017 Cooler days are on the horizon.

    River Data: River flow: 8,000 cfs Water Temp: 65 F Mountain Snow pack: 0% The snow has mostly melted Lake Inflow: 4,700 cfs Lake Level: Full Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, worms, Sunken Trico, Orange Scud Method: 8 foot 3x or stronger leader to one 3o split shot. 1ft or so to the first fly and1ft or so to the second fly. Size 14-18 Grey Ray Charles Size 14-18 Tan Ray Charles Size 18 -20 Sunken Trico ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 7/16/2017 The Dog Days of Summer.

    River Data: River flow: 9,500 cfs Water Temp: 65 F Mountain Snow pack: 48% of average and falling Lake Inflow: 8,044 cfs Lake Level: Full Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, worms and caddis pupae Method: 8 foot 3x or stronger leader to one 3o split shot. 1ft or so to the first fly and1ft or so to the second fly. Size 14-18 Grey Ray Charles Size 18 -20 Sunken Trico imitations Size 4-6 Steel worms. Red or ...
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  • The truth behind the Emerald Shiner Minnow on the Bighorn River

    The truth behind the Emerald Shiner Minnow on the Bighorn River This spring a LARGE number of shiner minnows have been flushed over the dam from the Bighorn Reservoir and ended up in the popular trout water of the Bighorn River. They have changed the fishing, adding a new dynamic to how we catch trout on this incredibly famous section of the river. The river boasts between 5000 and 7000 trout per ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/17/2017

    Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/17/2017 River Data: River flow: 9,000 cfs Water Temp: 60 F Mountain Snow pack: 134% of average and falling Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, scuds, worms and caddis pupae Method: 8 foot 3x or stronger leader to one 3o split shot. 1ft or so to the first fly and1ft or so to the second fly. Size 14-18 Grey Ray Charles Size 14-18 Pink Soft Hackle with a hot orange ...
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  • A truly genuine experience on the Bighorn River

    THE BEST ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE BIGHORN RIVER Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort spares no expense when it comes to guest accommodations. Only the highest quality organic coffee and tea are stocked in your private cabins. The personal care amenities were carefully picked to accurately depict the incredible experience at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort. To top off the cozy factor, each cabin is ...
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  • Bighorn River Fishing Report 5/31/2017 Forrester's Bighorn River Resort

    From the center of the boat fishing report From a guides perspective Guide says: “Back, stop, pause, forward and let the line loose in your left hand half way through your forward cast” Client Response: “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah” Guide Response: “…………….” Simply put I can only think of two fishing guides on the Bighorn River that genuinely enjoy the sound of their own voice. The rest of us are ...
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  • 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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