Fishing Conditions: EXCELLENT

Report Rating: EXCELLENT
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 56-59 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 11324
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)

Colorado Stream Update: The water is high but the fishing is great!

Current Conditions at Bighorn:

With a flow well over 11,000 cfs this baby is pumping high but the fishing remains fantastic. There is no real dry fly action as of yet so using a nymph rig is your best bet. Lead with a leech pattern trailed by an orange hot-head sow bug pattern, followed by an RSII. Drifting the Big Horn is definitely the best option as opposed to walk-wading. Make sure and have plenty of weight on your nymph rig as the big boys are definitely hunkered down low right now.

The fishing is fantastic.  Clear skies and 56-59 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 7 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Bighorn

None

Recommended Flies for Bighorn

Fly: Bunney Leech
Color: Purplish Black
Size: 14
Time: 
Bunney Leech Bunney Leech
Fly: Sow Bug
Color: Orange
Size: 20
Time: 
Sow Bug Sow Bug
Fly: Sparkle Wing Rs2
Color: Gray
Size: 20
Time: 
Sparkle Wing Rs2 Sparkle Wing Rs2

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late May

Caddisflies

Insects: Little Sister Sedge
Color: Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Afternoon & Evening
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Tan Short Horn Sedge
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow
Dates: Mar 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Spotted Sedge
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: May 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Western Black Quill
Color: Purplish Black to Grayish Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Jun 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-12
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Stoneflies

Insects: Salmon Fly
Color: Black to Reddish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 50-60° Water Late Morning on
Size: 4-8
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Small Western
Color: Brownish
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 46-56° Water Temps
Size: 14-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Winter Black
Color: Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Terrestrials

Insects: Beetle
Color: Brownish to Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 10-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Black Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Grasshopper
Color: Green to Brownish Tan
Dates: May 15 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 2-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Ant
Color: Red to Orangish
Dates: May 1 – Oct 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Bighorn

Current: 58 °F Overcast Wind: 7 MPH WSW
Current Condtions

Overcast

Temperature: 58 °F
Humidity: 51%
Wind: 7 mph WSW
Pressure: 14.82 psi
Cloud Cover: 100%
Sunday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 65 °F  <br/>Low: 47 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph W
Sunny
High: 65 °F
Low: 47 °F
Wind: 10 mph W
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 72 °F  <br/>Low: 45 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph SW
Sunny
High: 72 °F
Low: 45 °F
Wind: 5 mph SW
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 72 °F  <br/>Low: 52 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph ESE
Sunny
High: 72 °F
Low: 52 °F
Wind: 5 mph ESE