Our early springtime fishing has arrived at the base of the Bighorns. Cabin fever has gotten the better of most all of us, and with the sunshine raining down upon us it has us itching for a fix. Fish are hungry and for the most part fairly eager to eat….. but there are a few things to be taken into account.
Early season fishing is good, but throughout the transition from winter to spring it can be challenging. Water temps fluctuate a great deal during this time frame which will directly affect both bug and fish activity. Tail waters are generally a pretty safe bet due to their consistency of water temperatures, hitting the freestone waters right being a “safe bet” becomes irrelevant. Blue wing olive and stonefly hatches become ridiculous, turning even the most wary fish into gluttons.
Monitor the flows of your local waters, check your temps and you will be surprised at how much of an exact science you can break this down to. Once waters start hitting that 40 degree mark things will start to come alive. The more you watch/monitor the conditions of your local water the better fly fisherman you will become. Have fun, and most of all be safe!!