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  • Bighorn River Ecosystem

    The latest posts for Bighorn River Ecosystem are listed below.
    • An interview with FWP Bighorn River Biologist Mike Ruggles on the Big Trout in the Bighorn River

      The water clarity this spring is incredible and the fishing is “on” the hook! The water seems to be back to normal on the Bighorn River and the trout are eating well. With the water being so clear it’s incredible to see all the different types of fish in the Bighorn River. Walleye, northern pike, crappie, small mouth bass, thousands of carp, and of course trout can be seen swimming around in the ...
    • Big Trout are back in The Bighorn River

      The Montana section of the Bighorn River begins in Fort Smith and ends when it meets the Yellowstone River in Custer, Montana. The Bighorn River is a tail water that flows from the Yellowtaill reservoir. The Yellowtail reservoir is a 72 mile long lake that stretches back into Wyoming. The reservoir is a flooded canyon more than 300 feet deep and harbors incredible fish populations. The crystal ...
    • The truth behind the Emerald Shiner Minnow on the Bighorn River

      The truth behind the Emerald Shiner Minnow on the Bighorn River This spring a LARGE number of shiner minnows have been flushed over the dam from the Bighorn Reservoir and ended up in the popular trout water of the Bighorn River. They have changed the fishing, adding a new dynamic to how we catch trout on this incredibly famous section of the river. The river boasts between 5000 and 7000 trout per ...

    Bighorn River News

    The latest posts for Bighorn River News are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • Spring is finally here!!

      Spring is here at last! The Birds are in full song on the river banks and the water is crystal clear. Every spring the Bighorn River boasts amazing big sky views of rolling grass hills, blossoming Russian Olive and budding Cottonwood trees. The bees are out getting busy buzzing around looking for pollen to start replenishing the next winter’s supply of honey. The Bighorn River in Southeastern ...
    • Break off the long winter icicles with Forrester's Bighorn River Resort

      The snow is melting, geese are pairing up and the ducks are leaving for the north replaced by the songbirds from the south. The water is crystal clear and the cottonwoods are starting to blossom. Spring is here on the Bighorn River. Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort is thawed out and awaiting your spring arrival. Whether it’s a Fly Fishing trip or that quintessential Eastern Montana get-away you’re ...

    Fishing Reports

    The latest posts for Fishing Reports are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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, ...

    Gear Reviews

    The latest posts for Gear Reviews are listed below.
    • Best Fly Fishing Rods

      If you are just learning how to fly fish , or if you are interested in learning, you might be wondering who makes the best fly rod or who are the top manufacturers? However, the answer you are looking for can be tricky. If you were to speak with a fly fishing guide, they might vouch for the brands they endorse or are authorized dealers of one. To try to provide the best answer possible, our team ...
    • Three Great Gift Ideas for the Fisherman in Your Life!

      Do you have a fishing enthusiast in your life that you struggle to find gifts for? You’re not alone. People who are into fishing, either as a hobby or even more serious, are very picky about their gear. Because of this, it is strongly advised that you do not attempt to buy them something specialized. Rather, gifts that are practical and almost universally-needed almost always are a hit. Here are ...

    Wing Shooting

    The latest posts for Wing Shooting are listed below.
    • Forrester’s Fly Bench and Waterfowl Watch 11/27/2017

      Fishing Report 11/27/2017. The Bighorn River is free of most of the floating grass. Which makes for easy decoy management and great fishing! River Data: River flow: 4,000 cfs Water Temp: 54 F Mountain Snow pack: On the rise but sticking there. Lake Inflow: 3400 cfs Lake Level: 98.8% full. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow Bugs and Scuds Method: 7.5 foot 4x or stronger leader to one 3o split shot. 1ft or so ...
    • Forrester’s Fly Bench and Waterfowl Watch 10/30/2017

      Fishing Report The river is cooling down and the water is clearing up! The fall fishing on the Bighorn River has been fantastic! The cooler temperatures have started to push waterfowl our way and the upland bird hunting has been incredible! River Data: River flow: 5,000 cfs Water Temp: 54 F Mountain Snow pack: On the rise but sticking there. Lake Inflow: 5,400 cfs Lake Level: 98.8% full. Hot ...
    • Fall Cast and Blast on the Bighorn River

      Cast and Blast on the Bighorn River Fall arrives in the Bighorn River valley. The vibrant foliage colors are appearing. The bushes in the birdy draws start revealing their beautiful yellows, reds and oranges and explode with pheasants, sharp tail grouse and partridge. The Brown trout are stacking up in the deep holes below the spawning beds awaiting their once a year chance to reproduce. The ...
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