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Late August Fishing Report

August 27, 2019

  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…

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Early June 2019 Fishing Report

June 10, 2019

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…

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Mid-May 2019 Fishing Report

May 21, 2019

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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April 24, 2019

Happy spring everyone! Here at Cottonwood the season is off to a great start, and we’re looking forward to another awesome season in the big city of Fort Smith! The river is in great shape this spring, and snowpack is just above average. This means that flows on the Bighorn for 2019 are going to…

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Late August Fishing Report

August 21, 2018

Pretty darn good out there. Rainy and cold today. The trico hatch should be better later on this week with warmer temperatures forecasted. The cooler mornings have delayed the hatch for a while. There are still bugs, just not a ton of fish up. They’ll be back later this week, I promise. Nymph fishing has…

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Mid August Fishing Report

August 16, 2018

The ‘Horn is becoming more constant every day. The Trico hatch has the fish up from sun up until about 11. The strength of the hatch is dependent upon the weather for that day. Cloudy days see the hatch starting later and lasting longer (8- Noon). Sunny days have the hatch starting early and ending…

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Mid July Fishing Report

July 19, 2018

Flows are down. A buffet of dry flies are here. After two consecutive springs of high flows, the river looks a little different. Shelves are cut different; fish are sitting in some different water. We’ve got some darn good guides here at Cottonwood that can show you all the secrets. Fish can be picky when…

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Early Summer Fishing Report

July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day! Things are starting to shape up in the valley. Flows are steadily decreasing and more wade spots are becoming available daily. Flows are dropping sooner than we thought, but we’re not complaining. Inflows are around 9,600 CFS, outflows are expected to continue dropping. Black Caddis are starting to show up and fish…

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Bighorn River Fishing Report Late May 2018

May 29, 2018

Flows have dropped to 6,000 CFS. This is to help control flows on the Yellowstone River, which is currently dealing with flooding. Despite changing water levels, fishing has been unaffected. Fish are moving into the quicker moving shelf water. Rainbows are in full spawn, please be mindful of these fish and let them do their…

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Bighorn River Fishing Report Early May 2018

May 5, 2018

It is shaping up to be a great spring here on the Bighorn. Both water clarity and temperatures are right where they should be, giving us opportunity to fish dries, nymphs, and streamers. As of late we have seen both BWO’s and midges, as well as some tan caddis in the early mornings and evenings.…

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