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.

Float fishing trips have been doing well. The fishing is good but expect to see moderate to heavy crowds. The sight fishing has been good to excellent. If you are looking for a great fly fishing vacation head to the river now! Fly fishing reports have indicated good fishing.  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 April

Caddisflies

Insects: American Grannom
Color: Bright Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: Early Morning & Afternoon
Size: 10-14
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 

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: 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 
Insects: Skwala Stone
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage.
Size: 6-12
Spinner Fall:
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 


Weather for Bighorn

Current: 46 °F Overcast Wind: 15 MPH NE
Current Condtions

Overcast

Temperature: 46 °F
Humidity: 81%
Wind: 15 mph NE
Pressure: 14.53 psi
Cloud Cover: 100%
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Light rain shower<br/> High: 54 °F  <br/>Low: 38 °F <br/> Wind: 8 mph SSE
Light rain shower
High: 54 °F
Low: 38 °F
Wind: 8 mph SSE
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Light rain<br/> High: 43 °F  <br/>Low: 25 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph ENE
Light rain
High: 43 °F
Low: 25 °F
Wind: 7 mph ENE
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Partly cloudy<br/> High: 52 °F  <br/>Low: 38 °F <br/> Wind: 5 mph S
Partly cloudy
High: 52 °F
Low: 38 °F
Wind: 5 mph S