Fishing Updates in 2018

  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/15/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 13300 cfs Water Temp: 58 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 98% and slowly declining. Inflows are the same coming into the lake as they are going out at a little over 13,000 cfs. Were hoping it doesn’t get any bigger, but the fish still bite on the Bighorn River no matter what the river flows are. The river is a tail water which means it flows clear and clean no matter what! The ...
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  • Forrester’s Bighorn River Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/1/2018

    Fishing Report 6/1/2018. River Data: River flow: 7100 cfs Water Temp: 50 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 100% and declining. The wet spring has caused huge Yellowstone River flows and the Bighorn River dam has been pulled back for the past few days to slow the flooding on the lower Yellowstone river, but the Bighorn Reservoir has reached critical mass and the BOR will be releasing 1000 cfs per day ...
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  • Summer on the Bighorn

    Summer on the Bighorn The seasons are changing and the wet spring weather yields to the warmer summer days. The fishing has been incredible and the views even better. The Emerald Shiner bite has been very strong and it’s almost everyday somebody on the Bighorn catches a trout over 24 inches. The lake is full of the Emerald Shiners and with the high release of water from the dam they get flushed ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/20/2018.

    Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/20/2018. River Data: River flow: 8100 cfs Water Temp: 49 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 94% and declining. The weather has been improving and the fishing has been good. Dry flies depend on the day and so does the minnow bite. On some days the trout are crushing the minnow, but on other days it seems that they avoid it. It’s our opinion that if a giant bait ball ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/7/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 7600 cfs Water Temp: 45 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 99% and rapidly declining. The weather and the water is finally warming up! Aside from the usual spring cold weather storm, summer is on its way. However a thing to note about the spring storms is that they bring cold cloudy weather that gets the blue wing olives moving around. The dry fly fishing can be good if your in the ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 4/22/2018

    River Data: River flow: 7500 cfs Water Temp: 39 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 117% and slowly declining. Spring is here at last although I feel like I’ve said that once already this spring. The weather has been warming up and the Bighorn River Valley is exploding with budding trees and the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains are turning green. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow Bugs, BWO Nymphs, midges and worms ...
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  • Spring is finally here!!

    Spring is here at last! The Birds are in full song on the river banks and the water is crystal clear. Every spring the Bighorn River boasts amazing big sky views of rolling grass hills, blossoming Russian Olive and budding Cottonwood trees. The bees are out getting busy buzzing around looking for pollen to start replenishing the next winter’s supply of honey. The Bighorn River in Southeastern ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 4/6/2018.

    Winter has poked it's ugly little head at us again, but we will never surrender our Fly Fishing dreams! River Data: River flow: 7500 cfs Water Temp: 36 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 120% and after this last late season snow storm we’re not sure what it’s doing. Remember that warm feeling of the sun shining on your hands in the middle of your back cast last week? Hold on to that memory because winter ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 3/23/2018

    The sun is shining and the trout are smiling while catching a few bugs in their teeth for the Salmonidae family photo. Or your family photo. :) River Data: River flow: 6000 cfs Water Temp: 36 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 115% and holding steady. Finally the real spring weather has moved in. Afternoon temperatures have been in the mid to high 50’s, the water is crystal clear and the trout are eating ...
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  • Break off the long winter icicles with Forrester's Bighorn River Resort

    The snow is melting, geese are pairing up and the ducks are leaving for the north replaced by the songbirds from the south. The water is crystal clear and the cottonwoods are starting to blossom. Spring is here on the Bighorn River. Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort is thawed out and awaiting your spring arrival. Whether it’s a Fly Fishing trip or that quintessential Eastern Montana get-away you’re ...
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  • An interview with FWP Bighorn River Biologist Mike Ruggles on the Big Trout in the Bighorn River

    The water clarity this spring is incredible and the fishing is “on” the hook! The water seems to be back to normal on the Bighorn River and the trout are eating well. With the water being so clear it’s incredible to see all the different types of fish in the Bighorn River. Walleye, northern pike, crappie, small mouth bass, thousands of carp, and of course trout can be seen swimming around in the ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 3/9/2018.

    Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report Fishing Report 3/9/2018. It’s hot and getting hotter! Sort of…. But 40 degrees beats the pants off 5 degrees. River Data: River flow: 4,990 cfs Water Temp: 36 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 113% and rising. Not much has changed in two weeks. The fishing is steady. On a scale of 1 to 10 we would give it a 7. The trout aren’t extremely aggressive, but they are ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report Fishing Report 2/23/2018

    Baby it’s cold outside, but if the guides stay clear the lines stay tight! River Data: River flow: 4,300 cfs Water Temp: 38 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 118% and rising. Snow pack is high and although the Bighorn River Alliance is doing it’s best to promote better river management practices, Montana is having one of it’s biggest snow years on record. The Bighorn Basin snow pack is already 118% above ...
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  • Big Trout are back in The Bighorn River

    The Montana section of the Bighorn River begins in Fort Smith and ends when it meets the Yellowstone River in Custer, Montana. The Bighorn River is a tail water that flows from the Yellowtaill reservoir. The Yellowtail reservoir is a 72 mile long lake that stretches back into Wyoming. The reservoir is a flooded canyon more than 300 feet deep and harbors incredible fish populations. The crystal ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 2/9/2018

    Fishing Report 2/9/2018. Good old fashion Moss free FISHING! River Data: River flow: 4,300 cfs Water Temp: 38 F Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow Bugs, Scuds and Midges Method: 7.5 foot 4x or stronger leader to one BB and a B 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 12-16 Orange Scud Size 12-16 Natural Scud Size 16-20 ...
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