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Bighorn River Fishing Reports

Your Local Source For Fishing Reports

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Bighorn River Fishing Reports
Updated May 19, 24

Flow Data: Bighorn River near St. Xaiver, MT

The Bighorn is fishing well. Nymphing is the best and most consistent option with the current flows. There have been a few BWO's and midges hatching and the occasional fish slurping them down on the surface. Fish have been a bit 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. In the event that you find fish rising to midges a Peacock Cluster or Griffith's Gnat will fool a consistently rising fish with a good cast and presentation. Flows have been dropping, and the weather gets warmer this weekend and as these changes occur the dry fly action should just get better. Scuds, sowbugs, worms, and midges are Bighorn spring fare to imitate. Ray Charles, Pill Poppers, Tailwater sowbugs are great choices followed by a Manhattan midge or Zebra Midge. BWO nymphs have been working when the aforementioned flies have not been getting it done. You can nearly always count on a Wire Worm or a Squirmy Worm to trick a few trout. Small streamers swung or fished deep and slow can pick up fish as well. Streamer fishing has been relatively slow overall.

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

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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
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