Solar Elcipse on the Bighorn

Fishing Report 8/21/17

Water Temp: 64.0

Flows: 3,250 CFS

The Solar Eclipse brings arrival of Salmon Flies to the Bighorn River. During the solar eclipse today, we have had some weird things happen on the river. Temperatures plummeted and brought on the arrival of Salmon flies and HUGE midges…and fish have taken notice. Throwing a #6 Bunyan Bug or a #4 Chubby Chernobyl has been the ticket for catching fish as of late. The Trico hatch is prolific in the morning, with an intense spinner fall; then followed up by fish looking up all afternoon for the big bug.  Nymphs are still similar to what they have been. Sow bugs, worms, and sunken trico’s. Running a 7.5 foot leader and two BB’s of split shot has been our go to for nymphing.




Rubber legs #6-8

Zebras – #10-12

SH Sow Bug #18-20

Sunken Trico #18-20

San Juan Worm #6-12

Ray Charles # 16-18


Bunyan Bug #6

Chubby Chernobyl #4

Griffiths Gnat  #5

Smoke Jumper # 10

CDC Trico #18-20

Don King Trico #18-20

Mahogany Dun #14

Psuedo #22-24

Parachute Ant #14


Doc’s Articulator #6

JJ Special #4-6

Skully Bugger #6

Ian with a nice Salmon fly eater during the Eclispe

A solid brown caught on a dry Mahogany #14

The streamer bit continues!