The Little Bighorn Canyon is one of the many canyons in the Bighorn Mountains that exude rugged canyon fishing. If you’re healthy and ready for serious fishing, this is one of a dozen canyons you should put on your list of canyons to fish. You will have to hike into this canyon on foot or ride a horse, so you should be aware and prepared for black bears, mountain lions and rattle snakes for your safety. The natural difficulty of the canyon should not be overlooked either.
For those that are interested the out of the way fishing experience on the inexpensive, the fishing in Little Bighorn Canyon can be exceptional in particular when a hatch of bugs excites the fish to a feeding frenzy. Little Bighorn Canyon is a typical mountain canyon where hatches are concerned. There are stone fly hatches that include Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Brown Stones, Black stones and Yellow Sallies. May flies include but are not limited to Grey Drakes, Green Drakes, Flavs, PMD’s and BWO’s. Caddis and midges- too many to mention so bring all your patterns or swing in the shop and we can help you get set up.
Fly Shop of the Bighorns has a limited number of guide trips in this canyon and there are few others that have the proper permits to legally guide this area. So if you have interest in being guided in this canyon, you need to book well in advance and be ready to hike and pack your own stuff. Everything you take in you will be taking out. Although the fishing can be easy at times, the large fish can be exceptionally challenging. The 17 to 20+ inch fish are limited in numbers, but if you put in the time, you can find and catch those elusive giants in this pristine canyon water.
If you happen to catch one of the big fish, consider catch and release. Our shop trips always practices catch and release to ensure product, so if you want to keep fish, you will have to go on your own. If you wonder why, 16 inch and larger fish take about 4-5 years to grow to that size, and there are few per mile that reach 20+ inches. Catch and release is not required in this area by the Game and Fish, it’s just responsible stewardship of every fisheries.
Consider using some classic equipment such as fiberglass or bamboo to add to the nostalgic feel of these amazing canyons. Plan on camping for at least a week this 2015 fishing season so you can check out these amazing canyons. Beau and I will help direct you in finding those unforgettable memories and experiences. All you need is to trust in our direction, and your skills and abilities to make it reality.