Big Fun on the Big Horn (Thermopolis)

Can’t beat catching big fish on the fly in February. Chris Fleck and I spent two days on the Horn at Thermop. Nymph’s were the ticket. All the standard tail water fare caught fish. Scuds, sow bugs, worms, and midges larvae. The streamer bite was poor, but one nice brown ate a Big Horn Bugger variant. The wind was howling and brutally cold at Wedding of the Waters both days, but you get out of it a few hundred yards downstream. That’s why the Wind River becomes the Big Horn at Wedding! We had nice afternoons with no “rapid air movement”. The rainbows are ready to spawn, but not yet on the reds.

Ready to spawn and eager to eat a sow bug!

Ready to spawn and eager to eat a sow bug!

Only fish caught on the streamer. Worth it!

Only fish caught on the streamer. Worth it!

Trifecta! Cutthroat, Rainbow and Brown.

Trifecta! Cutthroat, Rainbow and Brown.

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