More on the Bighorn

As pointed out in John Spiegel's September article the fishing on the Bighorn continues to be very good.

Above is Marv Woolf with a very nice Rainbow taken on the lower section of the Bighorn at the end of September. Six of us were up there and some very large fish were taken by those fishing right on the bottom with nymphs. Best of the trip was a 26" Brown taken by Byron Chrisman on a size 20 black midge pupa. His guide told him it was the best Brown he'd seen taken all year.

My observations:

1. The only dry fly or subsurface action was on the upper section.

2. Every guide I saw on the river had clients fishing nymph rigs - orange scuds or small SJ Worms with a small (size 20 to 22) black midge trailer.

3. The flows were around 1300 to 1500 CFS with water temps at 52 degrees below the Afterbay.

4. Weekends are a madhouse - 123 boats launched the day before we arrived (Monday) at Afterbay

5. Black caddis were around but the fish were not on them.

6. In the upper section some pretty large fish were found holding in the shallow riffles - Bob Bush hooked several that were well over 20." These fish are VERY spooky.

7. One of the guides I know mentioned that hoppers were still producing…I never got around to giving them a try.