Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 720
Wind: Gusting Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The Bighorn is fishing great both from a drift boat and walk-wading as well.

Current Conditions at Bighorn:

The drift from Wedding of the Waters confluence down through Thermopolis is absolutely out of sight right now! There isn't a whole lot of surface action with only the sporadic rise here and there on size 18 Griffith's Gnats, so concentrate your efforts on nymphing. Sow Bug patterns are working great as lead flies, trailed by two smaller midge patterns such as Top Secrets and JuJu Midges. Fish are primarily in winter holding lies-- deep slow moving water-- but during mid day at when the sun is at it's highest look for fish to move into riffles and more tradition feeding lanes.

The fish are feeding mostly on midges during the midday hatch hours. Use a long 9’ or 10’ rod to get the most control out of your nymph rig. Make sure bring a quality pair of glasses to cut the glare from the snow and sun.  The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 3 lbs 6 oz
Length: 20 inches
Girth: 7 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Bighorn

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 22


Recommended Flies for Bighorn

Fly: Sow Bug
Color: Gray
Size: 16
Sow Bug Sow Bug
Fly: Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Color: Brown
Size: 20
Dorsey's Top Secret Midge Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Fly: Jujubee Midge
Color: Brownish Yellow
Size: 20
Jujubee Midge Jujubee Midge

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late February


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: 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 


Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Weather for Bighorn

Current: 49 °F Partly cloudy Wind: 11 MPH WSW
Current Condtions

Partly cloudy

Temperature: 49 °F
Humidity: 36%
Wind: 11 mph WSW
Pressure: 14.58 psi
Cloud Cover: 75%
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 53 °F  <br/>Low: 38 °F <br/> Wind: 16 mph WSW
High: 53 °F
Low: 38 °F
Wind: 16 mph WSW
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Overcast<br/> High: 45 °F  <br/>Low: 26 °F <br/> Wind: 13 mph WNW
High: 45 °F
Low: 26 °F
Wind: 13 mph WNW
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Light snow<br/> High: 32 °F  <br/>Low: 23 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph NE
Light snow
High: 32 °F
Low: 23 °F
Wind: 10 mph NE