Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Friday, Jul 19, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 44-47
Sky: Clear Flow: 9000
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)

Colorado Stream Update: The Bighorn is still experiencing higher flows

Current Conditions at Bighorn:

The Bighorn is producing some decent fishing even though flows are high. The rumor is that flows will be dropping soon so keep an eye out. With the elevated water, most eats are below the surface. Nymphing off-pink sow bugs and midges is the best way to find a strike. Some fish are being found on streamers like slump-busters and zoo cougars but not with any regularity. Work odd seems off of main currents, as fish are usually positioned just left or right of the main current.

The tail waters are fishing well with midge and micro mayfly patterns. Float fishing trips have been doing well. Warmer temperatures have anglers flocking to the river.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 44-47 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 8 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: 20

Time: All Day

Insect Type: Caddisfly

Insect: Little Plain Brown Sedge

Color: Brown

Size: 18

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Bighorn

Fly: Tailwater Sowbug
Color: Gray
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Tailwater Sowbug Tailwater Sowbug
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 20
Time: All Day
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Caddis Pupa
Color: Green
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Caddis Pupa Caddis Pupa

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late July

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: Little Plain Brown Sedge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Jun 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
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: Little Western Dark Sedge
Color: Dark Brown
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Mid Day
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: 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: Callibaetis Speckled Dun
Color: Tannish Olive to Olive Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Cloudy, Late Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Late Afternoon
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Early Pale Morning Dun (PMD)
Color: Olivish Yellow to Yellowish Pink
Dates: Jun 1 – Sep 15
Emergence: Mid Morning to Early Afternoon
Size: 16-22
Spinner Fall: Late Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Ginger Quill
Color: Pale Cream to Whitish
Dates: Jul 1 – Sep 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 14-16
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: Iron Blue Quill
Color: Light Olive Tan to Blue Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 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 
Insects: Slate Winged Drake
Color: Brown to Slate Gray
Dates: Jun 15 – Aug 1
Emergence: Early Afternoon
Size: 16-12
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Trico
Color: Black
Dates: Jul 15 – Sep 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: Early Afternoon
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Western Green Drake
Color: Dark Olive
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 1
Emergence: Cloudy, 1-4 pm
Size: 8-12
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: Giant Golden
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 1
Emergence: Follows Salmonflies
Size: 14-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Yellow
Color: Greenish Yellow to Yellow
Dates: Jun 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: 46-54° Water Temps Morning
Size: 18-22
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 
Insects: Yellow Sally
Color: Pale Yellow to Pinkish Yellow
Dates: Jun 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Morning to Early Afternoon
Size: 2-8
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: Dog Day Cicadas
Color: Black & Orange
Dates: Jul 1 – Aug 31
Emergence: Varied
Size:
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

Clear
Currently: Clear Sky
Temperature:  81 F
Temp Max:  83 F
Temp Min:  78 F
Humidity: 35%
Wind: 11 W mph
Pressure: 1015
Clouds Saturday 9:00PM — 71 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 68 and 71 .
Wind: 20 ENE mph; Humidity: 48%; 
Clouds Sunday 6:00AM — 63 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 62 and 63 .
Wind: 12 NNE mph; Humidity: 51%; 
Clouds Sunday 9:00AM — 64 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 64 and 64 .
Wind: 16 NE mph; Humidity: 53%; 
Clear Sunday 12:00PM — 70 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 70 and 70 .
Wind: 15 ENE mph; Humidity: 45%; 
Clear Sunday 3:00PM — 76 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 76 and 76 .
Wind: 24 E mph; Humidity: 40%; 
Clear Sunday 6:00PM — 76 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 76 and 76 .
Wind: 27 ESE mph; Humidity: 43%; 
Clear Sunday 9:00PM — 68 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 68 and 68 .
Wind: 22 E mph; Humidity: 55%; 
Clear Monday 6:00AM — 58 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 58 and 58 .
Wind: 10 ESE mph; Humidity: 77%; 
Clear Monday 9:00AM — 68 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 68 and 68 .
Wind: 5 E mph; Humidity: 58%; 
Clear Monday 12:00PM — 79 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 79 and 79 .
Wind: 14 ESE mph; Humidity: 43%; 
Clear Monday 3:00PM — 86 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 86 and 86 .
Wind: 19 ESE mph; Humidity: 36%; 
Clear Monday 6:00PM — 87 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 87 and 87 .
Wind: 24 SE mph; Humidity: 35%; 
Clear Monday 9:00PM — 74 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 74 and 74 .
Wind: 10 SE mph; Humidity: 56%; 
Clouds Tuesday 6:00AM — 65 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 65 and 65 .
Wind: 3 SW mph; Humidity: 67%;