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shoot-straight

Headed out to Big Timber Mt (Boulder and Stillwater Rivers) for a week, but will have a few days on the front end. Was thinking of trying the Bighorn. Never been. Mid- July is timeframe, and I hear thats prime- that said I looked at the flows from the last few years and  they are all over the place. We are waders, mostly. I have seen flows as low as 3000 (which would be great for wading) to over 12000 which isnt good for anything. I hear its just sheer mayhem with people too. Of course its supposed to be a darn good fishery. 

 

Any comments/thoughts would be welcome. 

 

Alternative is to head over toward Bozeman- lots of fishing options there. Done most of them though, except the Gallatin. 

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406dn

It really depends on the flows, which depend on the snowpack. So far we are getting plenty of snow.

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Keith E. Carlson

Two days on the Big Horn-  I would hire a guided drift boat for the first day at least.

Cost you $450- $500 plus tip and worth every penny.

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Chukarman

A good contact fo r Bighorn trip is John Sindland, Fort Smith, MT

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D. Case

I fished the Big Horn in 1981 just after it opened to the public,  a great day but a total zoo. There is a guy in our Trout Unlimited chapter who does a DIY trip there every year, I'll ask about flies and ideas this week at the meeting.

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Okhotnik

That is some gorgeous country by Big Timber and the crazy mountains

 

I fish the Big horn , yellowstone, and Boulder every year. By July weeds in the water on the Big Horn can be a problem. I float from the dam on down. The fish are very pressured there so think small. I use 18-20 lightning bugs, serendipity,  midge patterns, small san juan worms, scud patterns  14-16, , comparaduns, beatis emergers. I 'll throw hoppers against the bank and throw big streamers for browns in the deep pools in the evening using sink tips. 

 

I usually rent a drift boat if not feel like driving mine out there. Pretty easy non technical float.

 

Or as suggested just get a guide. These guys are decent

 

http://bighornangler.com/tag/bighorn-river-fly-patterns/

 

Pretty much every river in Montana is hammered now in summer. There are smaller fisheries that dont get as much pressure but a lot of driving

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shoot-straight

thanks for the info guys.

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