Fishing Updates in 2017

  • 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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  • 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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