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Bighorn River Fishing Report: May 2008

The fishing continues to be excellent on the river right now despite the recent reduction in stream flow.  They have the river reportedly at 1500 CFS but my gut feeling is not a shot glass over 1300 CFS.  This low cold water has most of the fish concentrated in moving pools of water 3-8 feet deep, with slower rolling water being the best.  Plenty of fish are in even slower deeper water runs.  There are some areas with fish in the shallower water, but nothing even remotely close to summer riffle fishing yet.  The rainbows are in full force right now on the spawning beds.  My personal feeling is that there are not NEARLY as many as years past. 

We continue to catch giagantic trout however, and great numbers in general.  See recent photos.  Already 2 monsters so far this year.  Zebra midges, quill nymphs, red midge larvae, wonder nymphs, ray charles and an occassional scud are taking most of the fish for our guides.  It seems as though the scud has died down, unike last month where anything pink seemed to catch fish.

There are great midge hatches most every morning on the river, but the fishing for these trout can be challenging to say the least.  Some days they eat well, and others you’ll pull your hair out trying to get them.  If you plan to fish midge dries in the morning, bring your “A” game.  BWO’s have been coming off in the afternoons in good numbers and this dry fly fishing is much more inviting to most anglers with vaious BWO patterns, adams, or baetis cripples catching most of the trout.  And if your with John, they’ll eat a royal wulff.:)

Overall fishing is great and it should continue.  It will be busier than Bill Clinton on secretaries day for the next month though, as most every other river is blown out right now.  We’ve had over 100% snowpack in most areas, and a cold winter and spring.  With the last week of 80 degree temps, someone opened the flood gates.  In fact, the Yellowstone has flood warnings right now in Livingston.  All the water is coming at once to other rivers.  We are clear and therefore, I expect the river to be busy with anglers.

Keep in mind that our resource is NOT bulletproof.  Take good care of the fish you do catch out there especially trout between 15-21 inches.  They are our breeders and the future of our river.  With low water flows and increased pressure by anglers, do your own personal part to help the Bighorn River.


Good luck, have fun and be safe.




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Fly Fishing on the Bighorn River: Dickens Group – May 2008

Gene DickensTom PangbornSteve Anable

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Eagle Nest Lodge Photos

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Bighorn River Fly Fishing: 25″ Inch Rainbow

Way to Go Darin!  Darin and his fish.  Where is your head?25\Darin and Guide Sam Boggio

Way to go Darin!  First time fly fishing and caught a 25″ rainbow on his 4th cast! Congratulations! 

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Steve Fowler with 26″ Rainbow spring 2007

What a Fish Steve!


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Jim Black With Bighorn Trout.

Brown TroutJim with a killer Brown






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Staff and Guides with Orvis Lodge of the Year Award

Lodge of the Year Photo with Staff

Front Row:  Sam Boggio, John Shirley, Jeremy DeVries

2nd Row:  Wayne Egbert, Toni Berg, Judy Watson, Sherri Kenney, Ryan Stefak

3rd Row:  Rob Kelley, Jessica Kenney, Bob Watson

Not pictured:  Adam Berg, Dell Despain, Todd Stapleton, Murray Porter, Matt Clawson


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Guides Day Off

Sam with a Small Mouth BassAdam with a CarpJohn with a Catfish



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Fly Fishing on the Bighorn River: Rainbows and yes, a Sucker!

Two fish kissing.One happy guy!Upside down Sucker!Gross!Another 24\

 Ok guys.  I wouldn’t normally post the sucker fish, but I thought you’d appreciate being on our blog.  I know you’re proud of the photos, so here you go!

As always, you are all so much fun!  Rebecca


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