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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.
    • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report And Waterfowl Watch 10/11/2019

      River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 56 F Water Clarity: Off color due to lake turnover, but definitely fishable. Moss and grass Factor: Grass is breaking up and clearing out of the upper thirteen miles, but it’s still a little bit of an issue further downstream. Fishing pressure is down with the colder weather and that means more receptive fish. The fishing seems to be pretty good with ...
    • Fall Cast and Blast on the Bighorn River

      The nights are getting longer and the mornings are getting cooler. It’s un-canny how the bird dogs know that the upland bird season has come. The dogs spend the long summer days loafing around exercising when they can. Sleeping late on the guides days off. This time of year is different. The cool air moistens their noses and they know that the hunting season is here. They roost their owners out of ...
    • 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 ...

    Fishing Reports

    The latest posts for Fishing Reports are listed below.
    • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report And Waterfowl Watch 10/11/2019

      River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 56 F Water Clarity: Off color due to lake turnover, but definitely fishable. Moss and grass Factor: Grass is breaking up and clearing out of the upper thirteen miles, but it’s still a little bit of an issue further downstream. Fishing pressure is down with the colder weather and that means more receptive fish. The fishing seems to be pretty good with ...
    • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report And Waterfowl Watch 10/5/2019

      River Data: River flow: 3200 cfs Water Temp: 58 F Water Clarity: Off color due to lake turnover, but definitely fishable. Moss and grass Factor: Grass is becoming less and less of an issue on the Bighorn River, but it’s still tough fishing the further downstream an angler gets. The lake has turned over which causes the water to become off color, but the fish are still eating. The water clarity ...
    • Fall Cast and Blast on the Bighorn River

      The nights are getting longer and the mornings are getting cooler. It’s un-canny how the bird dogs know that the upland bird season has come. The dogs spend the long summer days loafing around exercising when they can. Sleeping late on the guides days off. This time of year is different. The cool air moistens their noses and they know that the hunting season is here. They roost their owners out of ...

    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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