Fishing Report

  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 8/3/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 4200 cfs Water Temp: 61 F Tricos are back on the bighorn river and the early morning fishing has been good. The river flow is very conducive to wade fishing and the water temperature is comfortable. However higher water temperatures aren’t always great for trout. As the day warms up the water warms up and the trout are less likely to want to eat. The best time to fish the ...
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  • Understanding the Trico Mayfly and how to fish it on the Bighorn River

    Tricos are here again on the Bighorn River and it seems that each year the hatch gets longer and longer. Tricos are an incredibly fun dry fly to fish especially on rivers like the Bighorn River that boasts a large trout population. When Trout are on Trico Spinners or duns an entire run will be bubbling with trout. It looks like the river is boiling with all the trout noses coming up sipping Trico ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Bighorn River Fishing Report 7/21/2018

    River Data: River flow: 5000 cfs Water Temp: 59 F The river is finally back to the normal Bighorn River flows and the fishing seems to be day to day. Dry fly fishing consists of Trico’s in the early mornings and Pseudos sporadically throughout the day. While the nymphing is back to the usual Bighorn Suspects Sow Bugs and Scuds. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, caddis emergers, pseudo nymphs, scuds, ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report On The Bighorn River 7/8/2018

    River Data: River flow: 8400 cfs Water Temp: 61 F Inflows to the lake are dropping and so are the Bighorn River outflows. The season of wade fishing is upon us. Caddis are popping in the afternoon and a strong worm and sow bug bite throughout the day. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, worms and caddis. Method: 7 foot 3x or stronger leader to one 3o. 1ft or so to the first fly and1ft or so to the second ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/15/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 13300 cfs Water Temp: 58 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 98% and slowly declining. Inflows are the same coming into the lake as they are going out at a little over 13,000 cfs. Were hoping it doesn’t get any bigger, but the fish still bite on the Bighorn River no matter what the river flows are. The river is a tail water which means it flows clear and clean no matter what! The ...
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  • Forrester’s Bighorn River Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/1/2018

    Fishing Report 6/1/2018. River Data: River flow: 7100 cfs Water Temp: 50 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 100% and declining. The wet spring has caused huge Yellowstone River flows and the Bighorn River dam has been pulled back for the past few days to slow the flooding on the lower Yellowstone river, but the Bighorn Reservoir has reached critical mass and the BOR will be releasing 1000 cfs per day ...
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  • Summer on the Bighorn

    Summer on the Bighorn The seasons are changing and the wet spring weather yields to the warmer summer days. The fishing has been incredible and the views even better. The Emerald Shiner bite has been very strong and it’s almost everyday somebody on the Bighorn catches a trout over 24 inches. The lake is full of the Emerald Shiners and with the high release of water from the dam they get flushed ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/20/2018.

    Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/20/2018. River Data: River flow: 8100 cfs Water Temp: 49 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 94% and declining. The weather has been improving and the fishing has been good. Dry flies depend on the day and so does the minnow bite. On some days the trout are crushing the minnow, but on other days it seems that they avoid it. It’s our opinion that if a giant bait ball ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/7/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 7600 cfs Water Temp: 45 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 99% and rapidly declining. The weather and the water is finally warming up! Aside from the usual spring cold weather storm, summer is on its way. However a thing to note about the spring storms is that they bring cold cloudy weather that gets the blue wing olives moving around. The dry fly fishing can be good if your in the ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 4/22/2018

    River Data: River flow: 7500 cfs Water Temp: 39 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 117% and slowly declining. Spring is here at last although I feel like I’ve said that once already this spring. The weather has been warming up and the Bighorn River Valley is exploding with budding trees and the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains are turning green. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow Bugs, BWO Nymphs, midges and worms ...
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  • Spring is finally here!!

    Spring is here at last! The Birds are in full song on the river banks and the water is crystal clear. Every spring the Bighorn River boasts amazing big sky views of rolling grass hills, blossoming Russian Olive and budding Cottonwood trees. The bees are out getting busy buzzing around looking for pollen to start replenishing the next winter’s supply of honey. The Bighorn River in Southeastern ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 4/6/2018.

    Winter has poked it's ugly little head at us again, but we will never surrender our Fly Fishing dreams! River Data: River flow: 7500 cfs Water Temp: 36 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 120% and after this last late season snow storm we’re not sure what it’s doing. Remember that warm feeling of the sun shining on your hands in the middle of your back cast last week? Hold on to that memory because winter ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 3/23/2018

    The sun is shining and the trout are smiling while catching a few bugs in their teeth for the Salmonidae family photo. Or your family photo. :) River Data: River flow: 6000 cfs Water Temp: 36 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 115% and holding steady. Finally the real spring weather has moved in. Afternoon temperatures have been in the mid to high 50’s, the water is crystal clear and the trout are eating ...
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  • Break off the long winter icicles with Forrester's Bighorn River Resort

    The snow is melting, geese are pairing up and the ducks are leaving for the north replaced by the songbirds from the south. The water is crystal clear and the cottonwoods are starting to blossom. Spring is here on the Bighorn River. Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort is thawed out and awaiting your spring arrival. Whether it’s a Fly Fishing trip or that quintessential Eastern Montana get-away you’re ...
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  • An interview with FWP Bighorn River Biologist Mike Ruggles on the Big Trout in the Bighorn River

    The water clarity this spring is incredible and the fishing is “on” the hook! The water seems to be back to normal on the Bighorn River and the trout are eating well. With the water being so clear it’s incredible to see all the different types of fish in the Bighorn River. Walleye, northern pike, crappie, small mouth bass, thousands of carp, and of course trout can be seen swimming around in the ...
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