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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Bighorn River Fly Fishing – Barry – April 2012

Bighorn River Rainbow

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Macklin Group – April 2012

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Pat is the first guest of the year to put her name on the Trifecta Board. Fish on a nymph, streamer, and dry fly all in one day.

Pat on the Trifecta Board

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Bighorn River Streamer Fishing – Green Wooly Bugger

Bighorn River Streamer Fishing

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Bighorn River Fishing Report – Flushing April 9

Bureau of Reclamation to Provide Flushing Flow below Yellowtail Dam
BILLINGS, MONT.  — The Bureau of Reclamation will provide a flushing flow to the Bighorn River below Yellowtail Dam beginning Monday, April 9.  The flushing flow is being coordinated with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks as part of a multi-year study aimed at restoring historic side channels and fish habitat in the Bighorn River.
The flushing flow is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, and be completed by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 12.  During the flush, flows in the Bighorn River will be stepped-up incrementally from the current flow of 2,880 cubic feet-per-second (cfs) to a maximum of about 7,000 cfs and held at that rate for approximately 12 hours before stepping incrementally back down. The maximum flow of 7,000 cfs is expected to occur on Tuesday, April 10 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  During the flushing flow, the river stage is expected to vary by approximately 2 feet.
River recreationists are advised to exercise extra caution throughout the duration of the flush. For additional information, please contact Paula Holwegner of the Montana Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, at 406-247-7300.

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Betty White enters Orvis Dog Contest

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Bighorn River Fishing report


Bighorn River Brown Trout

It is fishing extremely well. The flow was at 3,000 cfs on Tuesday and the  water temp was 39-40 degrees at the Afterbay. There has been a lot of dry fly  activity from 10 a.m. on. Fish will take a Griffith’s gnat and cluster midge in  size 16-20. Nymph fishermen should try a pink or tan firebead Ray Charles  (14-16). Try a root beer midge pupa or cream midge pupa (18). A few guys are  stripping streamers in black or olive wooly buggers. There haven’t been any  signs of rainbows getting ready to spawn. That should start in mid-April.

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