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 Early July

Caddisflies

Insects: Great Gray Spotted Sedge
Color: Gray Green to Olive Brown
Dates: Jun 1 – Jul 15
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
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: Brown Drake
Color: Dark Brown to Blackish
Dates: Jun 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: Evening
Size: 10-12
Spinner Fall: Late 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: Late Pale Morning Dun (PMD)
Color: Creamish Olive to Yellowish
Dates: Jun 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: Early Morning
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: After Afternoon
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: 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: 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 
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

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.