Pete and I snuck out of the shop yesterday afternoon to check out the 3 mile to Bighorn section, and confirm the reports we have been getting from our guides out there. First and foremost the aquatic grass and floating weeds were not a factor at all in our fishing yesterday. They are present but not at all in the abundance that they were 2 or 3 weeks ago. We caught fish on dry flies, nymphs and streamers with no problem.
The fishing with PMD nymphs down there is gangbusters right now when you are fishing the right spots. With the low flows, the drop offs, riffles and seams that are congregating the food are fairly obvious right now. These fish need only a foot of water to feed comfortably, so don’t overlook any nook or riffle out there right now. The key is to change your rig and set up accordingly based on the water you are fishing. We fished everything from dry – dropper rigs to deep nymph rigs with light shot and short leash nymph rigs, where the distance between the indicator and weight was only 3 feet. Each rig worked depending on what water we were fishing.
There are a ton of dead bugs on the water right now and the fish were particularly keyed in on baetis spinners. Besides the spinners hoppers and flying ants took fish on the surface.