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  • Bighorn River Ecosystem

    The latest posts for Bighorn River Ecosystem are listed below.
    • Early Spring Forecast Holds True & Fantastic News for the Years to Come

      We are a few weeks into the season on the Bighorn River, excited and looking forward to a fresh season. This spring fishing has been good and the size of the trout being caught is similar to the early years when the average size was 16-18 inches long. The Bighorn River has returned to its classical form and once again finds itself as the most consistent clear water fishery in the state of Montana ...
    • Effective ways to fish in the grass on the Bighorn River.

      As late August arrives the days start to get noticeably shorter and the nights a little cooler. The hot summer days yield to cool summer nights and as the air conditioners slow down the fishing picks up. The changing of the seasons does something else that is relatively unpleasant on the Bighorn River. It causes the long shoots of grass growing on the river bottom to cut loose and float to the ...
    • 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 ...

    Bighorn River News

    The latest posts for Bighorn River News are listed below.
    • Early Spring Forecast Holds True & Fantastic News for the Years to Come

      We are a few weeks into the season on the Bighorn River, excited and looking forward to a fresh season. This spring fishing has been good and the size of the trout being caught is similar to the early years when the average size was 16-18 inches long. The Bighorn River has returned to its classical form and once again finds itself as the most consistent clear water fishery in the state of Montana ...
    • THE RETURN OF THE CLASSIC BIGHORN

      Spring is here and the weather and river conditions on the Bighorn could not be better. The water is crystal clear and the flows are still low and slow. Weather temperatures for the next week look to be peaking up around the mid 60’s with the occasional spring storm moving through. Blue Wing Olive Mayflies love the warm clear mornings and cloudy rainy afternoons. Something about this combination ...
    • Spring 2019 Fishing Outlook: Incredible, Cold, Clear Spring Water Fishing!

      Fishing is incredible right now and we’re expecting it to stay that way well into the spring season if not the entire year. Snow levels in the mountains are low, which means the river shouldn’t experience high flows for a long period of time. Low water means cold water that trout thrive in. It will also prevent the lake from getting stirred up and flushing silt into the river, which would cloud up ...

    Fishing Reports

    The latest posts for Fishing Reports are listed below.
    • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 7/8/2019

      River Data: River flow: 8500 cfs Water Temp: 56.5 F Water Clarity: Clear but a little grassy Moss and grass Factor: Not bad at all. Completely fishable to Bighorn Fishing Access SOW BUG mania. The fish are targeting big sow bugs and that’s just about it. We’re coming up on PMD time but the fish seem to be ignoring them and concentrating their entire effort on sow bugs. This is good and bad for ...
    • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/4/2019

      River Data: River flow: 5500 cfs Water Temp: 46 F Water Clarity: Incredibly clear and perfect. Moss and grass Factor: Not to bad for the first 8 miles and then moderate floating moss 8mile to 13 mile. The Army Core of Engineers has requested that the Bighorn River slow it’s flows to help ease some of the flooding on Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Therefore our slow increase has actually been a ...
    • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/17/2019

      River Data: River flow: 3500 cfs Water Temp: 40 F Water Clarity: Incredibly clear and perfect The water is warming up and the midges and BWO’s are on the move. Trout are moving into the riffles to feast on them in huge numbers. Stomach samples have revealed bellies packed full of midges, sow bugs and Baeits nymphs. Rainbows are moving up on the spawning beds and with the projected low river flows ...

    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.
    • Waterfowl Madness: Legendary Cast & Blast on the Bighorn River

      The late fall early winter scenery on the Bighorn River is unlike any other in the world. The warm waters of the Bighorn River, combined with the cool air temperatures cause a mist that covers the trees and bushes with frost. It creates the perfect winter wonderland. It also creates the perfect waterfowl hunting and fishing scenario. The Bighorn River is a dam-released river that starts in Fort ...
    • 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 ...
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