Springtime on the Bighorn

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Springtime on the Bighorn


34 Inch Rainbow in the Springtime on the Bighorn
34 Inch Rainbow in the Spring

Springtime on the Bighorn is one of my favorite times to fish. It’s the time of year when Big Rainbows come out of hiding and start to get active for their spawn in May. In March and April I really like to through Big Streamers like the ones located in my Big Boy Streamer┬áselection. To do this I usually use an 8 wt. rod with a 300 grain sink tip and fish from a boat if possible. From April into May the nymphing can be off the charts. Baetis Nymphs are at the top of the food chain during this time as well as San Juan Worms if the water flows are kicked up. The Dry Fly action can be very good as well generally using a size 16 or 18 BWO imitation. During this time keep an eye out for spawning Rainbows especially in May. If you see clear gravel try and give it a wide berth as your wading. Springtime on the Bighorn can be very rewarding, so if you are planning on getting to the Bighorn this year and don’t mind the cooler temperatures, try booking your trip for the Springtime on the Bighorn.

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