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Bighorn River Fishing Reports

Your Local Source For Fishing Reports

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Bighorn River Fishing Reports
Updated Jun 22, 24

Flow Data: Bighorn River near St. Xaiver, MT

The Bighorn is fishing decently well but not yet great. Nymphing is the best and most consistent option and has been really good some days but slow the next. There have been a few BWO's hatching and fish slurping them down on the surface when it is calm and cloudy. Fish have been picky so a good first drift is imperative. Flies to use to trick these risers include but are not limited to the Quill Gordon BWO and BWO CDC Biot Comparadun. Scuds, sowbugs, worms, and midges are still working well under an indicator. Fish have been eating BWO and PMD nymphs a bit as well. The Pheasant Tail nymph is an excellent option for the mayfly nymph eating trout. Ray Charles, Pill Poppers, Tailwater sowbugs are great choices followed by a Manhattan midge or Zebra Midge. Small streamers swung or fished deep and slow can pick up fish as well. Streamer fishing has been relatively slow overall. Streamer fishing is significantly better on cloudy days. Get it in while you still can as the weeds are starting to grow in some areas. Rainbows are spawning so watch out for and avoid their spawning redds.

To purchase an assortment of up-to-date, hand-selected flies for the Bighorn River:

  • Select the Montana Fly Assortment below
  • Select the number of desired flies
  • Enter where and when you plan on fishing
  • Opt for In-store pickup at checkout

Montana fishing licenses are available for purchase online at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and at Yellow Dog Flyfishing - Fly Shop (some exceptions may apply). If you are planning to fish in the headwaters of the Gallatin River area above Taylor's Fork (approx. 1 mile upstream); be aware that most of this is in Yellowstone National Park which requires a separate fishing license and is seasonally open to fishing according to YNP regulations.

Call below to arrange a Bighorn River shuttle:

  • Bighorn Trout Shop: 406-666-2375
  • Bighorn Fly and Tackle: 406-666-2253
Historical River Flow
Discharge Rate (cfs)