Forrester's Fly Bench Fishing Report 3/30/21

Water flow:

2190 CFS


48 Inches

Water condition:

Clear and mossy

Best time of day to fish:


Best stretch:

Afterbay to Bighorn, Bighorn to 12-Mile

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, Few Baetis

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

Spring has arrived on the Bighorn. Days have been mostly clear, with occasional wind events, high temperatures into the low 70s, overnight lows into the 30s, so plan accordingly. The water remains low and clear, with a visibility of 48’ and little vegetation. Current water temperatures remain around 40 degrees. Dry fly fishing is picking up a little with some midges and even a few baetis hatching toward the very end of the day. Nymphing has been good throughout the day, along all stretches of the river, from Afterbay to 12-Mile. The usual suspects of Pink and Orange Sowbugs, Scuds, and Ray Charles have been producing the best results. There has been some luck with streamers, but with the water temperature still in the low 40s, it has been hit and miss. Snowpack has remained very low, and we are looking forward to another spectacular year on the River, with large fish in growing numbers per mile.