Fishing Report

  • 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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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/17/2019

    River Data: River flow: 3500 cfs Water Temp: 40 F Water Clarity: Incredibly clear and perfect The water is warming up and the midges and BWO’s are on the move. Trout are moving into the riffles to feast on them in huge numbers. Stomach samples have revealed bellies packed full of midges, sow bugs and Baeits nymphs. Rainbows are moving up on the spawning beds and with the projected low river flows ...
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  • Early Spring Forecast Holds True & Fantastic News for the Years to Come

    We are a few weeks into the season on the Bighorn River, excited and looking forward to a fresh season. This spring fishing has been good and the size of the trout being caught is similar to the early years when the average size was 16-18 inches long. The Bighorn River has returned to its classical form and once again finds itself as the most consistent clear water fishery in the state of Montana ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/9/2019.

    River Data: River flow: 3500 cfs Water Temp: 39 F Water Clarity: Incredibly clear and perfect The cold water bite is coming to an end on the Bighorn River. Guides are reporting good trout numbers in the boats and the average size of fish is creeping up. Clients are catching a 22+ inch trout almost everyday this spring. The days of the giants on the Bighorn River have returned. The average length ...
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  • THE RETURN OF THE CLASSIC BIGHORN

    Spring is here and the weather and river conditions on the Bighorn could not be better. The water is crystal clear and the flows are still low and slow. Weather temperatures for the next week look to be peaking up around the mid 60’s with the occasional spring storm moving through. Blue Wing Olive Mayflies love the warm clear mornings and cloudy rainy afternoons. Something about this combination ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 4/22/2019

    River Data: River flow: 3300 cfs Water Temp: 36 F April showers bring Mayflowers and Mayflies! The Bighorn is all queued up for some incredible late spring and early summer fishing. So far the river remains at traditional Bighorn levels. The lake volume is low and the BOR is still releasing a little bit more water than what’s coming in. Snow pack in the mountains crept up a little bit these last ...
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