I was amazed to discover no trout are stocked in the Bighorn. At times there are 8000 fish per mile with a sixteen inch average being typical and blasé. March is a great time to fish in light crowds and low flow. Remember to bring some layers though...there is a chance of cold and snow.
That's right, I can rhyme like Busta.
|Uncork the flasks boys, we're going to freeze!|
On March 25th, 2011 eighteen men left their lives behind to seek fun and adventure on the Bighorn River. The weather was cold. The fishing spectacular. Nostrils dripped in the cold air. Whiskey was poured and shrubbery hydrated. Fun and adventure were as easy to find as big fish and a bottle's bottom.
|Ahhh, that's better.|
We floated ten or thirteen miles per day starting at either the three mile put in or Yellowtail dam. We did most of the catching in waders, while the drift boats pulled on their anchors. The trout seemed to be distributed between thirteen and eighteen inches. Everyone caught fish, some more than others.
|My first and largest: The Winner|
My first ever wild rainbow went 20(ish) inches and netted me a major award for biggest fish. The smallest trout was Frank's eight incher and with it he won the white fish pot. That pot grew all weekend; each white fish added $10. By Monday everyone was hoping for a dink...but even the twelve inch mark proved difficult. Eight was untouchable.
|A feast fit for kings|
The fish were dining on midges, baetis and scuds, the later being a staple. At times the flies were swarming but we never really found any feeding on the surface. My newly tied dries remained dry while #16-18 emergers and scuds were flies of choice. I had to quickly learn how to fish with
|Meh, just average|
Enjoy the video, in HD if you think you can handle it. A boat load of pictures comin' at cha tomorrow....
|The fridge: 30 stones left Montana as they came|