Bighorn River Lodge Rockies

Over the past 30 or so years, the Bighorn River has become a veritable icon of quality tailrace trout fly fishing in the United States. This distinction is the result of what thousands of anglers of all skill levels have experienced time and time again upon visiting this remarkable river system. With upwards of 4000 trout per mile and trout averaging 16 inches, the Bighorn is one of those places against which all others are measured.

Guests at Bighorn River Lodge float the river each day with veteran local guides. Nymph fishing from the boat, wade fishing dries to large pods of feeding fish, and streamer fishing are all possible approaches on any given day. Anglers of all skill levels are typically met with impressive catches and receive quality instruction from experienced local guides.

The newly remodeled main lodge features Montana-style décor and has five bedrooms, each equipped with two beds and a private bathroom. A large living room and dining area create a gathering space for guests to mingle, play cards and share fishing tales. The “Caddis Cabin” situated across from the lodge provides a quiet getaway with sleeping quarters for up to four anglers. Thoughtfully prepared dinners and hearty breakfasts, along with a private pond and walking access to the river, round out this classic Montana fly fishing experience.

Bighorn River Lodge is located on the banks of the Bighorn River about 12 miles downstream of Fort Smith, Montana.

Fishing Program:
The Bighorn River’s reputation as a world class fishery speaks for itself. With the completion of Yellowtail Dam in 1967, the Bighorn has become a clear, cool tailwater hosting between 5000-7000 rainbow and brown trout per mile. The average trout caught on the Bighorn ranges in size from sixteen to twenty inches. Guests are often surprised by the abundance and size of trout caught each day. Without a doubt, fishing the Bighorn River is an unforgettable experience. A typical day of fly fishing on the Bighorn might include nymphing, streamer fishing or dry fly fishing. As trout adapt to changing water conditions and aquatic insect life, fly fishing conditions vary. Your guide will work with you to find the approach that fits your experience level and expectations. Bighorn River Lodge prides itself on hiring local, knowledgeable fly fishermen as guides. Their guides spend hundreds of days on the river each year and will be happy to help you with all elements of technique. They guide many clients who are casting a fly rod for the first time and also seasoned anglers who have been fly fishing their entire lives. They are devoted to their craft and will do everything possible to help you enjoy your time on the water.
There is a small fly shop that offers fly fishing necessities and outdoor clothing. We are proud to offer high quality rods and reels available for purchase in the shop. Rental rods and waders are also available for a nominal fee.

Accommodations and Meals:
The main lodge features newly updated Montana-style comfort and décor. The lodge hosts five bedrooms, each equipped with two beds, fine linens and a private bathroom. King size beds are available for couples upon request. A large living room and dining area create a gathering space for guests to mingle, play cards and share fishing tales. The “Caddis Cabin”, situated across from the lodge, provides a quiet getaway with sleeping quarters for up to four anglers. The cabin houses two bedrooms and a fully functioning kitchen and living room. Guests should expect to dine at the main lodge unless other arrangements are made.

Bighorn River Lodge is proud to offer fine dining prepared by a first class chef. Their homemade meals are cooked with the freshest ingredients. A hearty Montana breakfast is served each morning. The lodge provides boat lunches and snacks on the river during your day of fishing. A typical dinner menu might include your choice of whole grilled tri-tip with bacon red wine reduction or baked halibut with hollandaise served with parmesan orzo and grilled vegetables. Sunset appetizers and delectable desserts are sure to entice the most distinguished taste buds. After a long day of fishing you can relax with friends and a cold beverage on the lodge’s outdoor patio. If you still have not had enough fishing there is a five acre pond stocked with large-mouth bass and carp at the center of the property. You can also walk down to their private boat ramp on the river and cast for a few more trout while watching the sun set over the Bighorn Mountains.

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Bighorn River Lodge.
Days 2 – 5: Full days of guided fishing
Day 6: Depart lodge.

Typical Daily Schedule:
8:00 AM: Breakfast
8:30- 9:00 AM: Depart for fishing
12:30 PM: Break for picnic lunch
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Return to the lodge
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Appetizers
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Dinner

Complete Trip Details

Rates and Details

2019 Rate: $2,800 per person for a 5 night/4 day package

Included: Accommodations, meals and guiding (two people per guide), terminal tackle.

Not Included: Transportation to and from the lodge, fishing licenses (available at lodge), alcohol, gratuities, applicable state accommodations taxes.


Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout

Season: April – October

Capacity: 14 anglers

Media: Slideshow

Fort Smith, MT

Time: The time in Montana is Mountain Daylight Time, or one hour later than Pacific Standard Time.