Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Crowded
Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 3550
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: Spring has arrived

Current Conditions at Bighorn:

Spring is here on the Bighorn. The weather has started to warm up and the fishing has began to pick up as well, however water temps are still cold. Water conditions in terms of clarity and flow are all prime. 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. 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 good.  Clear skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 8 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: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 22

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Bighorn

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: All Day
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Sow Bug
Color: Pinkish
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Sow Bug Sow Bug
Fly: Wd 40
Color: Green
Size: 20
Time: All Day
Wd 40 Wd 40

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late May

Caddisflies

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: 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: 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: Salmon Fly
Color: Black to Reddish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 50-60° Water Late Morning on
Size: 4-8
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Small Western
Color: Brownish
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 46-56° Water Temps
Size: 14-18
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 

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 Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
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

Rain
Currently: Light Rain
Temperature:  47 F
Temp Max:  48 F
Temp Min:  46 F
Humidity: 78%
Wind: 40 E mph
Pressure: 1004
Rain Tuesday 9:00PM — 43 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 41 and 43 .
Wind: 23 E mph; Humidity: 88%;  Rain: 1.062 for next 3 hours.
Rain Wednesday 6:00AM — 41 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 41 and 41 .
Wind: 21 NW mph; Humidity: 96%;  Rain: 2.437 for next 3 hours.
Rain Wednesday 9:00AM — 44 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 44 and 44 .
Wind: 27 NNE mph; Humidity: 85%;  Rain: 2.75 for next 3 hours.
Rain Wednesday 12:00PM — 49 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 49 and 49 .
Wind: 26 NNE mph; Humidity: 65%;  Rain: 1.562 for next 3 hours.
Rain Wednesday 3:00PM — 50 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 50 and 50 .
Wind: 12 NNE mph; Humidity: 68%;  Rain: 1.562 for next 3 hours.
Rain Wednesday 6:00PM — 52 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 52 and 52 .
Wind: 4 WNW mph; Humidity: 63%;  Rain: 1.5 for next 3 hours.
Rain Wednesday 9:00PM — 47 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 47 and 47 .
Wind: 17 SSW mph; Humidity: 78%;  Rain: 0.5 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Thursday 6:00AM — 40 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 40 and 40 .
Wind: 8 S mph; Humidity: 72%; 
Clouds Thursday 9:00AM — 52 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 52 and 52 .
Wind: 24 ESE mph; Humidity: 56%; 
Clouds Thursday 12:00PM — 57 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 57 and 57 .
Wind: 41 E mph; Humidity: 44%; 
Clouds Thursday 3:00PM — 56 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 56 and 56 .
Wind: 35 ESE mph; Humidity: 47%; 
Clouds Thursday 6:00PM — 57 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 57 and 57 .
Wind: 28 E mph; Humidity: 51%; 
Clouds Thursday 9:00PM — 48 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 48 and 48 .
Wind: 12 ESE mph; Humidity: 72%; 
Rain Friday 6:00AM — 45 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 45 and 45 .
Wind: 23 W mph; Humidity: 84%;  Rain: 0.376 for next 3 hours.