One of the major resons The Bighorn RIver Lodge is the best lodge on the river is the quality of its accommodations. The main lodge has 5 well appointed rooms and we have a separate large cabin that can sleep up to 6 more guests. That gives us a capicity of 16 which is a perfect number of guest to keep the atmosphere friendly, social and not too large.
The main lodge has a spacious great room with a river rock fireplace, wet bar area, poker table and a beautiful deck that overlooks our 5 acre bass pond and the mountains beyond. A gallery kitchen and adjoing dinning area are a focal point of the lodge. Providing toal comfort and a feeling of "being at home" in the lodge is what we strive every day to provide for our guests.
Four of the rooms in the lodge, two of which look out onto the bass pond, have twin beds which can be converted to a king bed should a guest request that. The fifth room has two queen beds and a single twin as well. The rooms are very comfortable and beautifully decorated with western art and furntiure some of which was made by the owner.
A day at the lodge begins with breakfast usually at 7:30 after which clients will meet their guides and begin gearing up for a day on the river. We are known for our boat lunches and those are served at mid day somewhere on the river. About 5:00 pm guides and guest return to our private boat ramp. We are the only lodge in the upper 13 miles of the river locted right on the river and with our own ramp. A short walk up the driveway and everyone is back at the lodge. No having to load up in vechiles and drive 10 miles or so to return to a lodge which all other fisherman must do.
A shower, a change of clothes and our clients gather on the deck or in the greatroom for some refreshments followed by appetizers at 6:00 and dinner arond 7-7:30. Perhaps a poker game after dinner or a cigar and cocktail on the deck and everyone is ready to turn in a get a wqelcome good nights sleep. Tomorrow is another day and the fish are waiting. Life is good.
If you haven't ever been to the Bighorn River Lodge you are missing a fantastic experience. Check out our Trip Advisor reviews and think about making plans to come for a visit. You won't regret it. Call Cheryl in the office at 406-666-2368 and make some plans.
See you on the river! Rick
We are extremely excited to have Shawn Smith our Chef back for a third year. Shawn worked here at the Bighorn River Lodge for two years, took a sabatical for one year in Salt Lake, and has returned with a new and spectacular assemblage of dishes that are receiving rave review from our clients. We are consistantly told that the dishes Shawn prepares are as good or better than the best restaurants in cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and San Diego just to name a few. So I want to feature Shawn and some of his creations because the food experience here at the lodge is a major contributor to the overall experience that our clients are so complimentary about. Just look at some Trip Advisor comments and you will see what I mean.
Here is a beautiful pickled nectarine and fig salad with charred raddishes and a whipped ricotta dressing. The nectarines are pickled in a beer vinegar and the raddishes come from our own garden, YUM
Look at this presentation of a roasted rack of lamb, with a romesco sauce and pickled Zursun beans. The lamb chop is pan roasted and butter basted and the beans, which are heirloom Christamas limas from Zursun beans in Idaho, have been marinated in sherry vinegar, olive oil and herbs. Both of these courses are Shawn's own creations and I am constatly amazed at what he always suprises us with. He just has a huge talent for creating something new and mouthwatering all the time.
The Bighorn River is in full summer swing and the dry fly action is heating up. Anglers are finding decent hatches of PMD spinners in the morning, Yellow Sallies mid day and Black Caddis from about noon to dark. There are even some Tricos showing up in the early hours. Check out this phots of Gary with a beautiful 20" brown caught on a size 20 rusty spinner. Shawn McClure, his guide, put him on this bad boy and Gary made a perfect cast in some tough wind conditions. Atta baby Gary! This is a great time to visit us if you love fishing with dries.
The nymph program still remains strong. The old reliable Wire Worm with a Soft Hackle Pink Sow Bug is still hard to beat, but Bighorn anglers are also doing well with Quill Nymphs, Caddis Pupa patterns, Split Case PMDs, Wonder Nymphs and olive Pheasant Tails.
If you want to try something different, a Hopper witn a Black Ant dropper is always a hoot fished to the bank. Those big splashy takes are always my favorite. Any angler no matter what your skill level will have a good time right now at the Bighorn River Lodge so see if you can find a few days and start packing! Remember EAT, SLEEP, FISH.
See you on the River!
Well the summer fishing is red hot right now. River flows have dropped from 7,000 cfs in early June down to 4,000 cfs currently. This lower flow opens up more wade spots and tends to push the fish into more concentrated areas. With the hot weather they are congregating in deeper clear runs and shallower fast moving riffles. Nothing like tagging a 19¨rainblow in a fast riffle. Get your had out of the way of the reel on that first run!! The go to set up is still a number 4 red wire worm and and 16 soft hackle pink sow bug or grey ray. The river is crystal clear and the earlier flush has resulted in a good scouring of the bottom setting the stage for what we hope is a good PMD, caddis and yellow sally hatch as the summer continues. We still have some availablity in July and August so give Cheryl a call and make your plans to fish the best trout river in the US and enjoy some of the finest cusine this side of the Mississipp1...no kidding. See you on the river ! Rick