Bighorn River Fishing Report Late September 2017

Date: September 20, 2017
Flows: 9,500 CFS
Water Temp: 66.5 F

Fishing continues to be solid on the Bighorn despite abnormally high flows for this time of year. The story continues to be Tricos in the early mornings and Black Caddis in the evenings. Fish are looking up at terrestrials occasionally throughout the day as well.  Though we’ve had temperatures in the mid 90’s, Nymphing and streamer fishing during the day has still produced fish. Fishing the deep runs with clean gravel has paid off when nymphing during the heat of the day. The streamer bite has slowed down a bit, though fishing the quicker water has been the best option.  Inflows to the Bighorn reservoir are less than the outflows, meaning we should see declining flows in the very near future.


  • Zebra Midge #18-20
  • SH Sowbugs #16-20
  • Caddis Borealis #18-20
  • Psuedo Quill #20-22
  • Poodle Sniffer #16-18


  • CDC Trico #18-20
  • Don King Trico #18-20
  • Mahogany Dun #16
  • Rip Cord Caddis #16-18
  • Hemmingway Caddis #16-18
  • CDC Black Angel #16-20


  • Doc’s Articulator #6
  • JJ Special #4-6
  • Skully Bugger #6

Recent Fishing Reports

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Late August Fishing Report

  Tricos are here early in the morning, but we aren’t seeing many fish rising to them. Never the less, its still worth giving them a shot, but have patience. They are very picky on what they are eating so give ’em all you got. Hoppers are producing some nice healthy fish. There’s hoppers everywhere…


Early June 2019 Fishing Report

Flows are staying in a comfortable range, for both the fish and anglers. The rainbows are still spawning, though some have finished up their reproducing. PLEASE LEAVE THESE FISH ALONE. Avoid walking on the cleaned out patches of gravel and at least 15 feet below the clean patches. The eggs need time to hatch. On another…


Mid-May 2019 Fishing Report

Not a lot has changed here on the ‘Horn. The flows have been stable for several weeks now. Same goes for the water temp. Will the flows and temp increase? Temp? Yes for sure. Flows? Maybe. We’ve had quite the cold snap here in the big city of Fort Smith. Rain and some snow in…

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