Fishing Report

  • 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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  • Spring 2019 Fishing Outlook: Incredible, Cold, Clear Spring Water Fishing!

    Fishing is incredible right now and we’re expecting it to stay that way well into the spring season if not the entire year. Snow levels in the mountains are low, which means the river shouldn’t experience high flows for a long period of time. Low water means cold water that trout thrive in. It will also prevent the lake from getting stirred up and flushing silt into the river, which would cloud up ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report and Waterfowl Watch 11/8/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 50 F Winter has made its way to the Bighorn River and on its cold shoulders are thousands of ducks and geese. The cooler water temperatures and shorter days have kicked the brown trout spawn into full swing and the Blue Wing Olive hatch is going strong on cloudy days. It couldn’t be better for the Fins and Feathers kind of outdoors men on the Bighorn ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report and Waterfowl Watch 11/1/2018

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 52 F The days are getting shorter and the weather a little cooler. Late fall on the Bighorn is famous for two things. Great fishing and incredible waterfowl hunting. We haven’t seen the big push of waterfowl yet, but a front is moving in this weekend from the Northwest and with it the first large flight of ducks and geese. There is no section on the ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 10/23/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 55 F The water temperature is lower and for some strange reason they’re eating a worm again. There are still lots of Blue Wing Olive May flies around, so make sure you include a baetis in your fishing methods. Another interesting thing to note that this is the time of year when you see thousands of little tiny leeches or snail larvae on the river ...
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  • Waterfowl Madness: Legendary Cast & Blast on the Bighorn River

    The late fall early winter scenery on the Bighorn River is unlike any other in the world. The warm waters of the Bighorn River, combined with the cool air temperatures cause a mist that covers the trees and bushes with frost. It creates the perfect winter wonderland. It also creates the perfect waterfowl hunting and fishing scenario. The Bighorn River is a dam-released river that starts in Fort ...
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