Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Dec 15, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 28-31 Temp: 32-35
Sky: Clear Flow: 3120
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The Bighorn is fishing well into winter

Current Conditions at Bighorn:

Winter fishing on the Bighorn has been decent. Cold night time temperatures have made for fewer crowds. The streamer fishing has been good, with smaller offerings in natural and black colors. The majority of fish are still going to be found on a good nymph rig. Tailwater sow bugs, scuds, and black midge patterns are tough to beat. Focus efforts towards seams and current breaks and remember, depth is crucial when presenting your nymph-rig.

The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 28-31 degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 7 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male Brown Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Bighorn

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 22

Time:

Recommended Flies for Bighorn

Fly: Tailwater Sowbug
Color: Gray
Size: 18
Time: 
Tailwater Sowbug Tailwater Sowbug
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: 
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Wd 40
Color: Olive
Size: 24
Time: 
Wd 40 Wd 40

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late September

Caddisflies

Insects: Green Sedge
Color: Olive to Gray Brown
Dates: Jul 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Morning & Afternoon
Size: 12-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Black Sedge
Color: Chocolate to Black
Dates: Jul 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Caddis
Color: Yellow, Orange or Brown
Dates: Jun 15 – Oct 15
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: October Caddis
Color: Orange Tan to Grayish Black
Dates: Sep 1 – Oct 30
Emergence: Shallows, Afternoon & Evening
Size: 8-10
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: Gray Drake
Color: Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Late Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Mahogany Dun
Color: Reddish Brown to Blackish Brown
Dates: Sep 1 – Oct 31
Emergence: Early Afternoon
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Late Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)
Color: Pale Olive Green to Blue Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Quill
Color: Reddish Brown
Dates: Jun 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-16
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: September Stone
Color: Reddish Brown with Orange belly
Dates: Aug 15 – Oct 31
Emergence: Early Afternoon to Evening
Size: 4-10
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 & Red Ant
Color: Red & Black
Dates: Jul 1 – Sep 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
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: Cricket
Color: Brownish Olive to Black
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Twilight & Dusk
Size: 8-16
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 


Current Conditions

Snow
Currently: Light Snow
Temperature:  36 F
Temp Max:  42 F
Temp Min:  32 F
Humidity: 47%
Wind: 59 NNW mph
Pressure: 1017
Snow Monday 5:00PM — 30 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 30 and 31 .
Wind: 49 NNW mph; Humidity: 56%;  Snow: 0.13 for next 3 hours.
Snow Monday 8:00PM — 24 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 24 and 25 .
Wind: 40 NNW mph; Humidity: 74%;  Snow: 0.13 for next 3 hours.
Snow Monday 11:00PM — 24 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 24 and 24 .
Wind: 44 NNW mph; Humidity: 75%;  Snow: 0.31 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Tuesday 2:00AM — 25 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 25 and 25 .
Wind: 35 NNW mph; Humidity: 67%; 
Clouds Tuesday 5:00AM — 24 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 24 and 24 .
Wind: 20 NNW mph; Humidity: 67%; 
Clouds Tuesday 8:00AM — 23 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 23 and 23 .
Wind: 5 NNW mph; Humidity: 66%; 
Clouds Tuesday 11:00AM — 27 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 27 and 27 .
Wind: 8 SSW mph; Humidity: 54%; 
Clear Tuesday 2:00PM — 30 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 9 SSW mph; Humidity: 43%; 
Clear Tuesday 5:00PM — 31 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 31 and 31 .
Wind: 12 SSW mph; Humidity: 55%; 
Clear Tuesday 8:00PM — 24 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 24 and 24 .
Wind: 21 S mph; Humidity: 65%; 
Clouds Tuesday 11:00PM — 24 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 24 and 24 .
Wind: 34 SSW mph; Humidity: 49%; 
Clear Wednesday 2:00AM — 24 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 24 and 24 .
Wind: 37 SSW mph; Humidity: 47%; 
Clouds Wednesday 5:00AM — 25 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 25 and 25 .
Wind: 33 SW mph; Humidity: 45%; 
Clouds Wednesday 8:00AM — 27 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 27 and 27 .
Wind: 22 SW mph; Humidity: 46%; 
Clouds Wednesday 11:00AM — 34 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 34 and 34 .
Wind: 21 WSW mph; Humidity: 47%; 
Clouds Wednesday 2:00PM — 42 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 42 and 42 .
Wind: 39 W mph; Humidity: 43%; 
Clouds Wednesday 5:00PM — 37 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 37 and 37 .
Wind: 27 W mph; Humidity: 57%; 
Clouds Wednesday 8:00PM — 34 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 34 and 34 .
Wind: 22 W mph; Humidity: 62%; 
Snow Wednesday 11:00PM — 32 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 32 and 32 .
Wind: 22 SW mph; Humidity: 91%;  Snow: 2.25 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 2:00AM — 32 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 32 and 32 .
Wind: 24 W mph; Humidity: 91%;  Snow: 1.88 for next 3 hours.