Fishing report: Let’s all try to not start a fire

Matthew Kiewiet

With a few exceptions, we’ve reached that time of year when many anglers throughout the western US are forced to lower their expectations.

I mean seriously, how many hopper-droppers can one tie to a leader?

Is it September yet?

Water temperatures in many rivers range from stressful to lethal. As a result, the activity of gamefish is somewhere between lethargic and just trying not to die.

And that’s not even mentioning having to share the river with float-tubers (not that there’s anything wrong with it!).

During the late spring and early fall, I’m looking for that beautiful 20-inch brown or rainbow trout every time I am in the water.

Throughout August, my goals become much simpler: Go to the river and get back to the house without starting a fire.

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Bighorn River — Fishing has only improved since last week’s excellent report. In addition to the already consistent bite, the trout are now regularly looking up at dry flies. Guides and anglers have seen decent amounts of fish responding to black caddis and PMDs. If you’re searching for rising fish, the late afternoons and

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