The Thrill of Dry Fly Fishing: August on the Bighorn River

August on the Bighorn River is a symphony of nature's finest moments, where the air is filled with the buzz of insects and the gentle rise of trout breaking the surface. It's a time when the river seems to come alive, beckoning anglers with promises of unforgettable dry fly action.person tying fishing line

As the sun rises over the Montana horizon, it's time to tie on your Pale Morning Dun and step into the cool, clear waters of the Bighorn. The river is alive with the dance of insects – Tricos twirling in the morning mist, Yellow Sallies flitting about in the afternoon sun, and Caddisflies skittering across the water's surface. It's a feast for the eyes and an irresistible temptation for the hungry trout below.

The Bighorn's regulated flow, thanks to the Yellowtail Dam, ensures a steady supply of food for the trout and plenty of opportunities for anglers to test their skills. The river's scenic backdrop of rolling hills, grassy plains, and occasional cottonwood groves adds to the peaceful ambiance of this angler's paradise.

But it's not just the scenery that makes the Bighorn so special – it's the fish themselves. The river is home to some of the largest wild trout in the country, with fish regularly exceeding 20 inches in length. These smart, selective fish provide a challenge for even the most experienced angler, making each catch all the more rewarding.person with fish in lake

For those looking to experience the thrill of dry fly fishing on the Bighorn, August is the perfect time to visit. Whether you're casting a tiny Midge to rising trout in the evening or tempting them with a big, bushy Hopper along the banks, the Bighorn in August offers an experience like no other. So pack your gear, tie on your favorite dry fly pattern, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure on one of America's premier fly fishing destinations.

Thriving wild trout on the Bighorn.

The Bighorn River is known for holding the most consistent population of thriving wild fish.  Fishing for trout on the Bighorn River is best within the first 13 miles of tailwater below the dam.  There are estimates that fish populations on this upper stretch hold between 3,000-5,000 fish per mile.