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About Us

about-us-horizontalIn April of 2007, two families, the Rolphs and the Mays, bought the Bighorn River Lodge from the previous owners and founders, Phil and Patty Gonzalez. As lifelong friends and business associates with a shared passion for fly fishing, they teamed up with a vision to renovate the existing lodge and create a location where they as well as others could enjoy the world class fishing of the Bighorn River. Two couples and their children brought talented leadership and new vision to the existing lodge.
 
Darrel and Dee Rolph of Wichita, KS traveled worldwide fishing some of the most prolific fisheries. They came to love the Bighorn River through their relationship with John and Cindy May, locals of Billings, MT, and avid fishermen of the Bighorn River. Their children took over management of the operations of the lodge upon purchase of the property. Carlo and Janel Boshoff (the May’s daughter and son in law) acted as on-site managers and outfitter while the Rolph’s son, Cody, functions as managing partner. Through hard work and creative problem solving, the Bighorn River Lodge grew to be what it is today.
 
In the Spring of 2012, the Boshoffs announced that they were returning to manage Carlo’s family lodge in Costa Rica, Rafiki Safari Lodge, which they helped build before coming to work in Montana. The Bighorn River Lodge is grateful for their 5 years of contribution, insight, and service.
 
The lodge welcomed Rick and Cheryl Gehweiler to the team as general managers in the summer of 2012. Their backgrounds in property management, the hospitality industry, and guiding brought a fresh outlook to the lodge dynamics. Avid fly fishermen, they have spent much of their free time fishing the Northwest, parts of the Bahamas and the Yucatan. Rick and Cheryl have been fishing the Bighorn each summer for almost 20 years prior to their employment at the Bighorn River Lodge. Their friendly attitudes, attention to detail, and fishing expertise will ensure that every guest has the experience of a lifetime.
 
about-us-verticalMatt Clausen, the Fishing Outfitter for the Bighorn River Lodge, started fly fishing the Bighorn over 25 years ago.  After receiving a degree in business management from the University of Montana, Matt embraced his passions and entered the world as a professional fly fishing guide.  The Clawson family has been farming, hunting and fishing the Bighorn Valley for three generations.  His intimate knowledge of the river, its history, and its ecosystem is just one of the reasons Matt is so highly regarded amongst the guides and local stewards of the river. His extreme devotion to the art of fly fishing along with his diligent work ethic ensures that each and every client will have the best possible fishing experience the river can provide. 

 In 2011, the lodge partnered with local Hunting Outfitter Ryan Kitts of Reverse K6 Outfitting to recreate the Cast and Blast program. As our Hunting Outfitter, Ryan brings with him not only his extensive experience in hunting waterfowl and upland game in the Bighorn valley but also a deep understanding of the outdoors gained through years of hunting and guiding whitetail deer, Rocky Mt elk, and mule deer, throughout the state of Montana. Ryan also works as a fly fishing guide for the lodge during the season.  Whether hunting or fishing with Ryan, his exuberance for his craft and the skills he brings to the table guarantee that your day will be a fun and memorable experience.

"It was a great trip as always.  Can't wait for next year!"

~ Russell Carter   Traverse City, MI

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