Fishing Report

  • 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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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 10/12/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 58 F The water temperature is dropping and the fish seem to be more active. The water clarity is down a bit making visibility approximately two feet. Seems like just as the lake started to settle it turned over with the recent cold weather and colder surface water temperatures. On the right cloudy days the dry fly fishing has been awesome and the Baetis ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 10/01/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 62.5 F The thermocline in the lake is starting to reform itself. This means that the water coming through the turbines is clear and cooling off fast. This is just what the Trout Doctor ordered. The cooler water temperatures have given way to great Baetis hatches and increased trout activity. The fishing is good on the Bighorn River, especially the dry ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 9/22/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 64 F Water temperatures are cool in the mornings and on the right days the fish are still eating Trico spinners and duns. The cold nights are starting to change the river and it won’t be long before the Trico’s are done and we anxiously await the fall Blue Wing Olive hatch. Oddly enough there has been a few of PMD’s around in the mornings and the ...
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  • 3 Tips to Fishing the warm fall waters on the Bighorn River.

    First rule to warm water fishing: Set the hook on everything! Trout do not strike aggressively. They nibble delicately. An Angler has to be exceptionally attentive to the subtle nuances of the indicator. Basically, if the indicator moves or stutters even for a split second, the hook has to be set. Remember that a trout knows that what it has in its mouth isn’t the real thing long before the angler ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 9/14/2018

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 64 F Tricos are still around on the Bighorn River, but the fish have become really shy on them. Make sure your presentation is perfect. The nymphing has been slower as a result of the constant warmer water temperatures. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, caddis emergers, scuds, sunken trico., and worms. Method: 7 foot 3x or stronger leader to one BB. 1ft or ...
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