Recent Posts in Fishing Reports Category

  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/9/2019.

    River Data: River flow: 3500 cfs Water Temp: 39 F Water Clarity: Incredibly clear and perfect The cold water bite is coming to an end on the Bighorn River. Guides are reporting good trout numbers in the boats and the average size of fish is creeping up. Clients are catching a 22+ inch trout almost everyday this spring. The days of the giants on the Bighorn River have returned. The average length ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 4/22/2019

    River Data: River flow: 3300 cfs Water Temp: 36 F April showers bring Mayflowers and Mayflies! The Bighorn is all queued up for some incredible late spring and early summer fishing. So far the river remains at traditional Bighorn levels. The lake volume is low and the BOR is still releasing a little bit more water than what’s coming in. Snow pack in the mountains crept up a little bit these last ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report and Waterfowl Watch 11/8/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 50 F Winter has made its way to the Bighorn River and on its cold shoulders are thousands of ducks and geese. The cooler water temperatures and shorter days have kicked the brown trout spawn into full swing and the Blue Wing Olive hatch is going strong on cloudy days. It couldn’t be better for the Fins and Feathers kind of outdoors men on the Bighorn ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report and Waterfowl Watch 11/1/2018

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 52 F The days are getting shorter and the weather a little cooler. Late fall on the Bighorn is famous for two things. Great fishing and incredible waterfowl hunting. We haven’t seen the big push of waterfowl yet, but a front is moving in this weekend from the Northwest and with it the first large flight of ducks and geese. There is no section on the ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 10/23/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 55 F The water temperature is lower and for some strange reason they’re eating a worm again. There are still lots of Blue Wing Olive May flies around, so make sure you include a baetis in your fishing methods. Another interesting thing to note that this is the time of year when you see thousands of little tiny leeches or snail larvae on the river ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 10/12/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 58 F The water temperature is dropping and the fish seem to be more active. The water clarity is down a bit making visibility approximately two feet. Seems like just as the lake started to settle it turned over with the recent cold weather and colder surface water temperatures. On the right cloudy days the dry fly fishing has been awesome and the Baetis ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 10/01/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 62.5 F The thermocline in the lake is starting to reform itself. This means that the water coming through the turbines is clear and cooling off fast. This is just what the Trout Doctor ordered. The cooler water temperatures have given way to great Baetis hatches and increased trout activity. The fishing is good on the Bighorn River, especially the dry ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 9/22/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 64 F Water temperatures are cool in the mornings and on the right days the fish are still eating Trico spinners and duns. The cold nights are starting to change the river and it won’t be long before the Trico’s are done and we anxiously await the fall Blue Wing Olive hatch. Oddly enough there has been a few of PMD’s around in the mornings and the ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 9/14/2018

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 64 F Tricos are still around on the Bighorn River, but the fish have become really shy on them. Make sure your presentation is perfect. The nymphing has been slower as a result of the constant warmer water temperatures. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, caddis emergers, scuds, sunken trico., and worms. Method: 7 foot 3x or stronger leader to one BB. 1ft or ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 8/30/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 3000 cfs Water Temp: 63.5 F Tricos are still going strong on the Bighorn River, but the fish are getting selective. It seems that some days fish don’t even want to come to the surface for them. In fact the better fishing has moved back to the subsurface stuff, but make now mistake it’s tough out there. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow bugs, caddis emergers, pseudo nymphs, scuds, ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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, ...
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  • Forrester’s Bighorn River Fly Bench Fishing Report 6/1/2018

    Fishing Report 6/1/2018. River Data: River flow: 7100 cfs Water Temp: 50 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 100% and declining. The wet spring has caused huge Yellowstone River flows and the Bighorn River dam has been pulled back for the past few days to slow the flooding on the lower Yellowstone river, but the Bighorn Reservoir has reached critical mass and the BOR will be releasing 1000 cfs per day ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/20/2018.

    Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 5/20/2018. River Data: River flow: 8100 cfs Water Temp: 49 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 94% and declining. The weather has been improving and the fishing has been good. Dry flies depend on the day and so does the minnow bite. On some days the trout are crushing the minnow, but on other days it seems that they avoid it. It’s our opinion that if a giant bait ball ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 4/6/2018.

    Winter has poked it's ugly little head at us again, but we will never surrender our Fly Fishing dreams! River Data: River flow: 7500 cfs Water Temp: 36 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 120% and after this last late season snow storm we’re not sure what it’s doing. Remember that warm feeling of the sun shining on your hands in the middle of your back cast last week? Hold on to that memory because winter ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 3/23/2018

    The sun is shining and the trout are smiling while catching a few bugs in their teeth for the Salmonidae family photo. Or your family photo. :) River Data: River flow: 6000 cfs Water Temp: 36 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 115% and holding steady. Finally the real spring weather has moved in. Afternoon temperatures have been in the mid to high 50’s, the water is crystal clear and the trout are eating ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report 3/9/2018.

    Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report Fishing Report 3/9/2018. It’s hot and getting hotter! Sort of…. But 40 degrees beats the pants off 5 degrees. River Data: River flow: 4,990 cfs Water Temp: 36 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 113% and rising. Not much has changed in two weeks. The fishing is steady. On a scale of 1 to 10 we would give it a 7. The trout aren’t extremely aggressive, but they are ...
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  • Forrester's Fly Bench Fishing Report Fishing Report 2/23/2018

    Baby it’s cold outside, but if the guides stay clear the lines stay tight! River Data: River flow: 4,300 cfs Water Temp: 38 F Bighorn Basin Snow Pack: 118% and rising. Snow pack is high and although the Bighorn River Alliance is doing it’s best to promote better river management practices, Montana is having one of it’s biggest snow years on record. The Bighorn Basin snow pack is already 118% above ...
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  • 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 ...
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