For two seasons in a row, due to heavy snow accumulations in Montana and Wyoming, the Bighorn has been experiencing unusual flows from the past. We can't deny some effects on the river, though we may not be able to how & what at this point. According to fishing reports, the river and fishers sounded experiencing some challenging conditions. However we were up for challenges and were willing to figure out what to do😏. Following visual materials will explain to you😎.Our theme for this year was Livings The Dream Volume 2✌
Before I go on, I'd like to go over Trico hatches and how the fishing goes during this period.
- Size 18-24, female has olive/green abdomen, while male has almost all entirely black.
- Male Tricorythodes hatch at night. It can be 7pm to midnight. During the hatch, if one happens to be on the river, it's possible to fish for rising trout. Over night they molt into spinners and sit tight in the bush, grasses, or trees.
- Female Trico hatch right just around at the first light of dawn = 6:00 to 6:30am. Sometimes it can be 7:00 to 7:30am. During the hatch, like any other mayfly species at any other streams, trout will rise and we can fish with match-the-hatch flies (dry-flies, slightly subsurface, etc).
- Then immediately after the hatch, females molt into spinners😲
- Male spinners, that have been waiting for this opportunity, start to fly and they mate to reproduce next generations.
- Now the sky is buzzing with literally billions of spinner, as far as eyes can see😲
- Right after mating, they start to fall into the river (and die or have died already). And trout gorge on them.
- River will literally boil with rising trout😲
- There are days when there's a gap between female hatch and spinner flight (rises pause), while there also are days when it overwraps and continues without a gap (rises keep going).
- Spinner flight can start at around 8am or 9am, that range.
- And can last till noon. Depending on winds and other factors, it can be longer or shorter.
- And this can happen from August to October on the Bighorn😲
With all of these in mind, let's move over to our fishing reports😁
For the first time ever, I tried and learned how to edit and compile videos and photos into a documentary🎥😏I'm very pleased to what I came up with✌
Then below is the photo essay, as it has been the format of choice for the past couple of posts.
I may narrate here and there, that is not done on the video above.
Kind of a comic relief, as we saw a bird on the floating weed patch😊
Again, I strongly suggest you to click & watch the video. Seeing is believing.
It was very intense😵😬As of this writing, I'm still recovering and reminiscing. And am already thinking of next year.............😉 As much as we enjoyed a lot, we learned a lot from the river and trout. I brought back some homework with me for next year.
This is all the reasons I've been promoting Bighorn Trips. Come and experience with your own eyes and hearts😆
Guide season goes on. It has just turned the corner into the fall season😏
I may still see you on the streams👋