Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 56-59
Sky: Clear Flow: 3400
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The Bighorn is fishing well

Current Conditions at Bighorn:

The Bighorn has been giving up some great dry fly action lately, as flows have started to trend downward. There has been a decent amount of floating grass but this should decrease as we move towards Fall. Tricos, caddis, and hoppers have all been on the menu. Plenty of fish have been found below the surface on nymph rigs as well. Caddis emergers, wd-40's, small worms, and black beauties have all found some nice trout. With flows dropping, and water temp has started to rise. Try to get on the water in the early morning or late afternoon, this is also when we see the most risers.

The tail waters are fishing well with midge and micro mayfly patterns. Float fishing trips have been doing well. Lots of bigger than normal fish have been hooked.  The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 56-59 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 3 lbs 0 oz
Length: 18 inches
Girth: 9 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male Brown Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Bighorn

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Trico

Color: Black

Size: 22

Time:

Recommended Flies for Bighorn

Fly: Two Bit Hooker
Color: Olive
Size: 18
Time: 
Two Bit Hooker Two Bit Hooker
Fly: Sow Bug
Color: Gray
Size: 18
Time: 
Sow Bug Sow Bug
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: 
Black Beauty Black Beauty

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

Clear
Currently: Clear Sky
Temperature:  65 F
Temp Max:  67 F
Temp Min:  64 F
Humidity: 37%
Wind: 18 SE mph
Pressure: 1016
Clear Sunday 6:00PM — 65 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 65 and 67 .
Wind: 22 SSW mph; Humidity: 43%; 
Clouds Sunday 9:00PM — 58 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 58 and 60 .
Wind: 26 SSW mph; Humidity: 48%; 
Clear Monday 6:00AM — 56 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 56 and 56 .
Wind: 16 SW mph; Humidity: 52%; 
Clouds Monday 9:00AM — 63 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 63 and 63 .
Wind: 10 SW mph; Humidity: 45%; 
Clouds Monday 12:00PM — 73 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 73 and 73 .
Wind: 17 SW mph; Humidity: 30%; 
Clear Monday 3:00PM — 77 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 77 and 77 .
Wind: 4 SW mph; Humidity: 25%; 
Clouds Monday 6:00PM — 72 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 72 and 72 .
Wind: 10 NNE mph; Humidity: 37%; 
Clouds Monday 9:00PM — 64 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 64 and 64 .
Wind: 8 WSW mph; Humidity: 43%; 
Clouds Tuesday 6:00AM — 61 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 61 and 61 .
Wind: 21 W mph; Humidity: 46%; 
Clouds Tuesday 9:00AM — 63 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 63 and 63 .
Wind: 39 WNW mph; Humidity: 43%; 
Clouds Tuesday 12:00PM — 69 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 69 and 69 .
Wind: 62 WNW mph; Humidity: 31%; 
Clouds Tuesday 3:00PM — 71 
Expect few clouds with temperatures ranging between 71 and 71 .
Wind: 60 WNW mph; Humidity: 28%; 
Clouds Tuesday 6:00PM — 66 
Expect scattered clouds with temperatures ranging between 66 and 66 .
Wind: 53 NW mph; Humidity: 34%; 
Clouds Tuesday 9:00PM — 59 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 59 and 59 .
Wind: 30 NW mph; Humidity: 38%;