Fishing Updates in 2016

  • 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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  • 5 Pheasant Hunting Tips

    At Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort, the beautiful Ringneck Pheasant populates our land and is available for hunting. However, these upland game birds pose quite a challenge because they use the thick, grassy lands to escape and hide from predators, including hunters. The following are five helpful hunting tips that will help you become an excellent pheasant hunter: Use a bird dog. While many ...
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  • Hunting Season Info for the Bighorn Valley

    'Alas, hunting season has finally arrived in the Bighorn Valley and we are beyond excited. A wide variety of wildlife, including upland game birds are available at our Bighorn Valley hunting resort. Hunters have the option of using archery or general (firearms). However, it is important to point out that both forms of weapons do not have the same hunting season. The following are the types of big ...
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  • What Sets Forrester's Bighorn River Resort Apart?

    Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort possesses something that many other fly-fishing resorts do not have: prime location right along the riverfront, and the waters cresting just at the edge of our resort. The Bighorn River boasts some of the highest wild trout counts in the nation. For those who enjoy fishing in an idyllic Montana setting, we trust that Forrester’s can provide you with the escape you ...
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  • Fishing Report 7/13/2016

    Summer river flows are holding right above 2000 CFS with the flow today being 2190 with water temperature at 53 degrees. Despite the summer moss fishing has been very good since the flows have stabilized. We are currently seeing good hatches of PMD mayflies, caddies and yellow Sally stone flies. Active fish will be feeding in the riffles and faster water and that is generally where you will find ...
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  • Fishing Report 6/30/2016

    Fishing has improved with the stable water flows holding around 2500 CFS. It appears the flows will remain at this level for some time as this has been the case in the past for summer water levels. The current water temperature is at 50 degrees. Low water can bring some floating moss throughout the river but it appears to be diminishing and cleaning up. The bugs are starting to appear with PMD's, ...
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  • Bighorn to release to drop to 2,500cfs by weekend

    As runoff drops off precipitously, the final rounds of cuts to release will occur this week. The current river releases is 4,000cfs and a drop of 250cfs will commence this afternoon. From 3,750cfs, a 350cfs drop late Wednesday will bring us to 3,500cfs Subsequent cuts of 300cfs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will bring us to 2,500cfs late Saturday. Start practicing your rain dances. We might ...
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  • Bighorn releases to continue gradual decline

    Friends: Releases will continue to be reduced this week as runoff wraps up. Releases will drop 250cfs from 4,250cfs to 4,000cfs today at 4pm, then from 4,000cfs to 3,750cfs tomorrow at 4pm. Watch for further anticipated reductions later in the week.
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  • Fishing Report 6/20/2016

    The Bighorn river flows have dropped to 4230 CFS and the Bureau of Reclamation has informed us that the releases from Bighorn Reservoir will continue to decrease as the snow pack diminishes and dry weather is in the forecast. Water temps have varied between mid 40's to low 50's the past few days. Good news for those that like to wade fish as the flows drop there are more opportunities to find a ...
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  • Fishing Report 6/15/2016

    Another great week of fishing on the Bighorn! River flows have decreased from 7000 to 6000 CFS over the past week. Water temps are increasing to the low 50's and the river remains very clear throughout the first 13 miles and fairly clear below that but there is a chance of off colored water and more floating moss. Currently we are between insect hatches. The baetis are pretty much over and the ...
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  • Fishing Report 6/10/2016

    Fishing has been very good the last week and should remain that way over the next couple weeks with a stable flow at 7000 CFS and water temps increasing to the 50 degree mark. The most productive stretch of river is the first 13 miles but the lower river is also cleaning up and fishing well too. Nymph fishing is the ticket right now with sow bugs, scuds, baetis nymphs and every day there are more ...
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  • Fishing Report 5/31/2016

    Great fishing this past weekend! Fishing remains very good with the stable flow at 7000 CFS. The river is clean and clear and fish are actively feeding along the banks and in the riffles. Nymph fishing and throwing streamers has been very productive the last week and should remain very good until we start seeing our next major insect activity with caddis, PMD's and yellow sally's in the next few ...
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