Dear Fellow Fishing Friends;
Well another fishing season is drawing near. We sincerely hope all of you are doing well. I’ve had some time to fish the Bighorn over the last month or so, when the weather has allowed me to do so. I will tell you the river is fishing pretty darn good!
We’re staring to see some rising trout to midges and a few blue wing olives on the warmer days, but nymphs and streamers have been the solid producers. The trout don’t seen to care that the economy is doing bad.
As far as what kind of flows we can expect to see this season, its just to early to predict. I can tell you this, Bighorn Lake is 90% full, and The Bighorn Mountains are at 100% snow pack. We should have plenty of water. How much will depend on how fast or slow the mountain snow pack melts.
Now I want to talk about my guides for a moment. As most of you know Rachel and I use only the best guides available to us, that is why it is so important to book your trip as early as possible, as a lot of you already have done. My guides have not had a pay increase in a long time. So this year they are getting one. If you would like to take the time to check with some of the other Outfitters in the area, you will see that we are still very competitively priced. Especially when you consider you’ll be staying at the beautiful Leaning Tree Lodge, and eating Rachel’s great food.
Now for those of you that missed fishing with us in the 2008 season. I would like to recap a little of it for you. The latter part of April thru May the river had great hatch’s of Blue Wing Olives mayflies, when the conditions we’re right. Weather plays such a critical part each day, when it comes to this hatch. The nymph fishing was awesome through out these months as well and into the months of June and early part of July. Then came the Grasshoppers! The hopper fishing was as good as I can remember and I’ve been here well, along time. The summer months also brought us some great caddis fishing. Mid to late September, early October gave us some memorable days of streamer fishing and some good dry fly action. Again just a short run down on the 2008 season. Hopefully we can expect the same if not better for 2009 season.
For those of you who have not booked your fishing trip for 2009, we encourage you to do it soon, so you can get the best of what
Montana Fly Fishers and The Bighorn River have to offer.
The Best Time to go Fishing is when you can get away. “Robert Traver”
Your Outfitter & Friends Mark & Rachel Stroda