The water temp’s in the afternoon have been rising into the upper 40′s and creeping slowly to the 50 degree mark, the magic number to get the PMD’s going. With air temperatures in the 90′s we hope to see the water temperatures steadily climb and heavy emergences of PMD’s to occur. The baetis hatch has definitely thinned out quite a bit and maybe done for the year with these very warm temperatures. Luckily the BWO hatch certainly doesn’t owe us anything, as it created some incredible fishing over the past few months. If you do want to target spinner falls or stray emergences fish at sun up or sun down until the PMD’s and sallies come off.
With the hot and dry fishing season that we have been having the terrestrial fishing is way ahead of schedule for this year. If you want to pick up some fish on the surface during midday ants, beetles and grasshoppers were all present out there today during the quick float that I did from Afterbay to three mile. A dry dropper rig fished in the shallow riffle chop is a great way to go right now. A tungteaser or bead head pheasant tail is a great dropper bug right now.
Tiny midge larva and pupa in size 22 and 24 have been very effective under an indicator rig, especially in the upper 3. The stomach pump picture shows them well…….
Effective Bighorn River Nymphs: Tan and Grey Ray Charles, Pink Soft Hackle, Wondernymph PMD, Skinny Nelson, black Zebra midge, Bighorn Killer Bug