Forresters Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/22/2020

Water flow: 1920 CFS

Visibility: 24 inches plus

Water condition: Clear and beautiful

Best time of day to fish: 10:00-4:00

Best stretch: Afterbay to Bighorn

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Sow Bugs (not a hatch) Midges, Baetis

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Year Around

Nearest airport: Logan International (Billings)

Recommended fly-fishing leader: 6 Foot Leader

Recommended fly-fishing tippet: 3X Tippet

Best fly-fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line

The Bighorn river is fishing wonderfully! Expect to fish primarily nymphs right now. Fish double sow bug patterns like a Ray Charles (grey or tan) in a size 16 or a sow bug with a size 18 midge pupa with a 6-foot leader and a small log of tungsten putty. Fish are finding target water in close to the seams so focus your efforts there. There are a few fish at times up eating midges, I saw them eating singles mostly and not clusters, try fishing a smoke jumper pattern after finding a pod. I did not notice the Rainbows on their beds yet, but it should happen soon, be careful to avoid them if you see them.