Forrester's Fly Bench Fishing Report 3/15/21

Water flow:

2200 CFS


48 Inches

Water condition:

Clear and mossy

Best time of day to fish:


Best stretch:

Afterbay to Bighorn

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Few midges hatching

Fish species:

Trout - Brown, Rainbow

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

Fly Recommendations:

Orange or Pink SH Sowbugs / Scuds / Ray Charles, San Juan Worms, Midge Pupa, Small Mayfly Imitations

We have been getting a little taste of Spring along the Bighorn! Days have been clear, with above average daytime temperatures (highs in low to upper 60s) and clear, cool nights. The water is very clear and low right now, with a visibility of 48” and little vegetation. Current water temperature remains around 40, which is slightly low for this time of year, and 25% below last year this time. The snowpack has remained very low, which we expect to provide us an even better fishing season than last year. Some midges are hatching right now, and there are reports of some baetis hatches. Nymphing is still the best option right now, although the fish are mostly remaining in their winter spots. Fish pink and orange sowbugs, scuds, & Ray Charles, San Juan worms, and midge pupa.