Fishing Updates in 2018

  • 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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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 8/30/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 63.5 F Tricos are still going strong on the Bighorn River, but the fish are getting selective. It seems that some days fish don’t even want to come to the surface for them. In fact the better fishing has moved back to the subsurface stuff, but make now mistake it’s tough out there. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, caddis emergers, pseudo nymphs, scuds, ...
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  • The Crow Legend: How the Bighorn River got its name

    The Bighorn River is located within the heart of the Crow Indian Reservation. As such there are many stories and legends that surround the Bighorn River and it’s Crow Tribe heritage. We would like to share with you one such story of how the Bighorn Mountains and River got their name. Legend has it that a young boy and his mother lived together in one of the first villages in Crow territory. ...
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  • Effective ways to fish in the grass on the Bighorn River.

    As late August arrives the days start to get noticeably shorter and the nights a little cooler. The hot summer days yield to cool summer nights and as the air conditioners slow down the fishing picks up. The changing of the seasons does something else that is relatively unpleasant on the Bighorn River. It causes the long shoots of grass growing on the river bottom to cut loose and float to the ...
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  • 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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