Fishing Report

  • Forresters Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/5/2020

    Water flow: 2050 CFS Visibility: 24 inches plus Water condition: Clear and mossy Best time of day to fish: 10:00-4:00 Best stretch: Afterbay to Bighorn Fly fishing hatches in order of importance: Sow Bugs (not a hatch) Midges, Baetis Fish species: Trout Fishing season: Year Around Nearest airport: Logan International (Billings) Recommended fly-fishing leader: 6 Foot Leader Recommended fly-fishing ...
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  • Forresters Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/22/2020

    Water flow: 1920 CFS Visibility: 24 inches plus Water condition: Clear and beautiful Best time of day to fish: 10:00-4:00 Best stretch: Afterbay to Bighorn Fly fishing hatches in order of importance: Sow Bugs (not a hatch) Midges, Baetis Fish species: Trout Fishing season: Year Around Nearest airport: Logan International (Billings) Recommended fly-fishing leader: 6 Foot Leader Recommended ...
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  • Forresters Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/14/2020

    Water flow: 4000 CFS Visibility: 24 inches Water condition: Clear and beautiful Best time of day to fish: 10:00-4:00 Best stretch: Avon to Wolcott. Afterbay to Bighorn and the ramps are OPEN! YEAH! Fly fishing hatches in order of importance: Midges, sow bugs Fish species: Trout Fishing season: Year Around Nearest airport: Logan International (Billings) Recommended fly-fishing leader: 7 Foot Leader ...
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  • Forresters Fly Bench Fishing Report 3/30/2020

    Bighorn River Resort River Report Water flow: 4740 CFS Visibility: 24 inches Water condition: Clear and beautiful Best time of day to fish: 10:00-4:00 Best stretch: Avon to Wolcott. Afterbay to Bighorn (you will lose water clarity below soap creek) Fly fishing hatches in order of importance: Midges, sow bugs size 14 or 16 Fish species: Trout Fishing season: Year Around Nearest airport: Logan ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report And Waterfowl Watch 11/25/2019

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 52 F Water Clarity: Little Cloudy Moss and grass Factor: Grass is breaking up and clearing out of the upper thirteen miles, but it’s still a little bit of an issue further downstream. Brown Trout are on the move. They are moving up on the spawning beds and getting extremely aggressive on streamers and other larger flies that get anywhere near the ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report And Waterfowl Watch 11/6/2019

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 53 F Water Clarity: Little Cloudy Moss and grass Factor: Grass is breaking up and clearing out of the upper thirteen miles, but it’s still a little bit of an issue further downstream. Fall Dry fly fishing is here and it seems that the fish are on the chow! The water clarity is good and air temperatures have kicked the fall baetis into overdrive! Fish ...
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  • November: A Time of Champion Trout on the Bighorn River

    Frosty mornings give way to a river of fog banks that hover above the pristine trout waters of the Bighorn. The wondrous scene of ghostly fog highlighted by the vibrant fall colors is an energizing sight to awake to at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort. Sitting high on the bluff above the river, the Lodge and private cabins are situated perfectly to capture it all. Fall brings a fun and exciting ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report And Waterfowl Watch 10/11/2019

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 56 F Water Clarity: Off color due to lake turnover, but definitely fishable. Moss and grass Factor: Grass is breaking up and clearing out of the upper thirteen miles, but it’s still a little bit of an issue further downstream. Fishing pressure is down with the colder weather and that means more receptive fish. The fishing seems to be pretty good with ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report And Waterfowl Watch 10/5/2019

    River Data: River flow: 3200 cfs Water Temp: 58 F Water Clarity: Off color due to lake turnover, but definitely fishable. Moss and grass Factor: Grass is becoming less and less of an issue on the Bighorn River, but it’s still tough fishing the further downstream an angler gets. The lake has turned over which causes the water to become off color, but the fish are still eating. The water clarity ...
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  • Fall Cast and Blast on the Bighorn River

    The nights are getting longer and the mornings are getting cooler. It’s un-canny how the bird dogs know that the upland bird season has come. The dogs spend the long summer days loafing around exercising when they can. Sleeping late on the guides days off. This time of year is different. The cool air moistens their noses and they know that the hunting season is here. They roost their owners out of ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 7/8/2019

    River Data: River flow: 8500 cfs Water Temp: 56.5 F Water Clarity: Clear but a little grassy Moss and grass Factor: Not bad at all. Completely fishable to Bighorn Fishing Access SOW BUG mania. The fish are targeting big sow bugs and that’s just about it. We’re coming up on PMD time but the fish seem to be ignoring them and concentrating their entire effort on sow bugs. This is good and bad for ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/26/2019

    River Data: River flow: 9500 cfs Water Temp: 56 F Water Clarity: Clear but a little grassy Moss and grass Factor: Not bad at all. Completely fishable to Bighorn Fishing Access The Core of Engineers has requested another pull back to help alleviate the flooding in the Midwest on the Missouri and the Mississippi River. The Reservoir is filling up and it’s inevitable that we will have a little more ...
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  • Montana’s Southeastern Secret

    Many people are familiar with the Bighorn River in the Bighorn River valley. Situated perfectly in the heart of the Crow Indian Reservation. The Bighorn River’s crystal clear cool water creates one of the greatest trout fisheries in the world. The secret to this successful trout factory is the Bighorn Reservoir. The reservoir is held back by a 560 foot dam that creates a lake 72 miles long and ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/4/2019

    River Data: River flow: 5500 cfs Water Temp: 46 F Water Clarity: Incredibly clear and perfect. Moss and grass Factor: Not to bad for the first 8 miles and then moderate floating moss 8mile to 13 mile. The Army Core of Engineers has requested that the Bighorn River slow it’s flows to help ease some of the flooding on Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Therefore our slow increase has actually been a ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/28/2019

    River Data: River flow: 4500 cfs Water Temp: 41 F Water Clarity: Incredibly clear and perfect. Moss and grass Factor: A tiny bit for the first 5 miles below the dam. Then medium from 5 miles down to 10 miles down. Medium to heavy below that to 13 mile. The snow melt in the mountains has finally begun. The river flows are slowly increasing. The new dam management policies and the average snow pack ...
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