April – October
Since 1981, this lodge has been offering some of the finest fly fishing in the American West. The Bighorn River in southeastern Montana is truly one of Montana’s blue-ribbon trout streams, with an estimated 8,000 trout per mile in some stretches. The rich biomass of this tailwater fishery supported by the constant optimum water temperature feeds fish all year long. The Bighorn is famous for its big Browns and Rainbows. These trout typically range in size from 12″-20″ with larger fish caught all the time. Unlike many other larger rivers in Montana, the Bighorn is best fished on foot, so Mckenzie-style drift boats are used like water taxis to get you to the best holding water quickly, quietly, and comfortably. However, you will also float fish from the boat. The main lodge and guest cabins are situated near the Bighorn Mountains. Rooms are air-conditioned and feature two queen beds and a full private bath. The main lodge dining area serves as the central gathering place to share fishing tales and enjoy a delicious meal.
Per person – Double occupancy/shared guide: 3-nights/2-days fishing $1,265, 4-nights/3-days fishing $1,785, 5-nights/4-days fishing $2,305, 6-nights/5-days fishing $2,825.
Single occupancy/single guide: 3-nights/2-days fishing $2,040, 4-nights/3-days fishing $2,910, 5-nights/4-days fishing $3,780, 6-nights/5-days fishing $4,650.
Plus $3.20/person/night tax
Rates are per person
Purchase online or in Billings. $53.50 for a ten day non-resident fishing license.
Fly to Billings, rent a vehicle, and drive about 50 miles to the lodge near Ft. Smith.
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.