Recent Posts in Fishing Reports Category

  • 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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