Recent Posts in Fishing Reports Category

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench and Waterfowl Watch 11/27/2017

    Fishing Report 11/27/2017. The Bighorn River is free of most of the floating grass. Which makes for easy decoy management and great fishing! River Data: River flow: 4,000 cfs Water Temp: 54 F Mountain Snow pack: On the rise but sticking there. Lake Inflow: 3400 cfs Lake Level: 98.8% full. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow Bugs and Scuds Method: 7.5 foot 4x or stronger leader to one 3o split shot. 1ft or so ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench and Waterfowl Watch 10/30/2017

    Fishing Report The river is cooling down and the water is clearing up! The fall fishing on the Bighorn River has been fantastic! The cooler temperatures have started to push waterfowl our way and the upland bird hunting has been incredible! River Data: River flow: 5,000 cfs Water Temp: 54 F Mountain Snow pack: On the rise but sticking there. Lake Inflow: 5,400 cfs Lake Level: 98.8% full. Hot ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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