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Sunday, 20 October 2019 13:41

Fly Fishing School

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Give a person a fish, and they will eat for a day. Teach a person to fish, and they will never want to go home!

In 2019 the Bighorn River Lodge accelerated its emphasis on its Fly Fishing School with great sucess. The school became very popular with those clients who wanted to introduce a friend or a family member to the sport they loved so much.  The integral part of the sucess is that each "class" has its own guide and is limited to two people so that each client gets one on one personal instruction.  The school package is typically a 3 night 2day or 4 night 3 day package.  Check the website for pricing.

The first day the clients will meet their guide and spend the morning learning how to set up a fly rod with explinations of the componets of the fly line, leader, tippet, and knot tying. After instruction each client will practice this set up.  Next will come instructions on the art of casting a fly rod.  Then each client will practice with close supervison and help for the guide.  These guides are excellent teachers and most students pick up the skill fairly quickly.  By midday the guide will take the clients to the river to put into practice what they have learned.  There will be an explination of where fish tend to "hold" in a river and how to read the water to locate them. Next will come an explination of the entemology on the river and what flies to use to match what the fish may be eating at any particular time of year. After lunch on the river, the rest of the day will be spent fishing and working on casting and mending skills and the art of achieving a good drift.  In almost every case clients will hav netted several fish by the end of the day.  Arriving at the private lodge boat ramp, the clients will have time to change clothes, realx in the great room or the deck overlooking the bass ponds with the mountains in the the distant bathed in the afternoon sun and enjoy beverages of their choice prior to appetizers served at 6:00 and dinner at 7:00.  The next days will be spent fishing and impoving skills.  Skill sets will improve drastically each day as will the fish counts for each client. 

We have had nothing but rave reviews about the success of the school format, the teaching quality and expertise of the guides and the overall experience of progressing from a novice to a successful fisherman. Please check the website for package rates and schedule a trip to the Bighorn River and let us help you learn how to fly fish, and catch some of those big Rainbow and Brown trout the Bighorn River is famous for.  

Monday, 15 July 2019 17:58

Bighorn River fishing is red hot

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If you have been waiting for the Bighorn River to really turn on, wait no longer. Our guides are reporting 10-20 fish per angler per day consistantly and the fish are big, health and strong. A lot of fish in the 18"-20" range with some up to 22". While flows are at 9,500 cfs currently the fishing is really good. If this liitle girl (my neighbor) can catch fish ( she had 8 this day) then by golly you can. The flows are expected to drop to 7,000 soon and 5,000 perhaps by the end of the month. The water temps are in the mid 50's which have the fish really agressive and on the feed. As the flows drop, all of the water will be coming through the turbine gates which should keep the water temps down. Nymph action is best on size #14 grey or tan Ray Charles and #16 Caviar Scuds along with with PMD nymphs, Olive Flashback PTs, pink Soft Hackle Sowbugs #18 Black Tung Teasers and Caddis Pupa. The other good news is that we are seeing PMDs, Yellow Salleys and Black Caddis. Dry flying action is on the rise as some fish are taking these patterns in the back eddies and fast riffles. As the water flows drop and the temps hold steady this could produce some epic dry fly action. Hey if this liitle girl (my neighbors) can catch 8 of these beauties in one day then I would certainly think you can. Take the challange. Call Cheryl in the office at 406-666-2368. Life is short. The Bighorn is calling. The fish are waiting. Why are you?!!. See you on the river!!

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 11:32

Bighorn River - Big Fish

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While we are experiencing higer flows than anticiapted for June the good news is that the flows are beginning to drop and the water is clear with temperatures in the mid 50's which has produced some veryu prolific fishing.  The other good news is that while fish counts may be down the size and health of the fish is as good as we have ever seen.  Our guides are reporting consistant 20 fish days with sizes ranging from 15" to 22" and a few above that.  Do not let the high flow myth deter you from coming to the Bighorn.  Some of the best fishing I have ever had has been in high flows.  That is proving to be true today.  And do not let the fish count information deter you either.  I am telling you these fish are big, beautiful and strong with a large percemtage being Rainbows.  It is a question of quality over quantity.  Take a look at this 22" brown caught by Dee Rolph and ask your self "would I rather catch 20-30 cookie cutter fish in the 13"-15" range or 12-20 in this size range."  Pretty sure we would all agree on the latter. Come see us at the lodge and let's go fishing!   Call Cheryl today  406-666-2368  

Friday, 22 March 2019 12:05

Looks like a Good Year for Bighorn River

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After 10 years of high water and difficult conditions at times, Mother Nature looks like she is going to give us a break and return to a normal water year. According to the weather gurus, we have now entered into a La Nina year which means warmer and dryer conditions in the Northwest and wetter and cooler conditions in the Southwest. The storms pounding central and southern California and lower snow packs in the Northwest would indicate they are right.

Snow packs in the mountains on the eastern slopes are about 85% of normal rather than the 125% we saw at this time last year. Of course, we still have February and March to get through but if the current trends hold, hopefully we will not see those huge water releases from the Yellowtail Dam. Right now, the river is running crystal clear and cold at just under 3,000 cfs. and during some of the 40-50 degree days there are some nice midge hatches and fish rising to them as well as decent streamer and nymph fishing.

The key is if BOR will manage their release properly to avoid large flows and if they do and the flows stay under say 6,000-7,000 this spring, we should have a good chance for a nice BWO hatch in April-May. It just looks pretty promising right now to have a great year, so I would encourage everyone to make your plans and call Cheryl in the office at 406-666-2368 to secure some dates this year. Life is short, a and the fish are waiting.
Cheryl with a really nice rainbow caught on a #20 psuedo

See you on the river!
Rick

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