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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 00:00

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Located on the Banks of the Bighorn

sleep horizontalOriginating in Wyoming, the world-famous Bighorn River flows right through the heart of the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana. It is on these banks that the Bighorn River Lodge can be found. This small, intimate, Western lodge, celebrated for its guides and food, is surrounded by only river wetlands, agricultural fields and an occasional herd of cattle. Boasting incredible river frontage and breath-taking scenery, guest often marvel at not only the feeling of exclusivity, but at the abundance of life this Missouri River tributary holds.

  • Located off of 13 Mile Assess between St Xavier and Fort Smith
  • Short walk from our exclusive river access and the Lodge
  • 8-acre stocked fishing pond
  • 1hr 15 min form Billings International Airport,
  • 1hr 10 min north of Sheridan, Wyoming

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

With its log-cabin style construction, antler-accents, and manicured lawns, the Bighorn River Lodge is known as a warm and inviting destination complemented only by Montana’s open spaces and Big Sky charm. Whether greeted by the Lodge’s friendly dog or a helpful team member, the Lodge’s casual atmosphere is immediately felt. Once settled in, guests may choose to interact with the chef as he prepares one of his many culinary creations or enjoy an appetizer in the family-style great room decorated with western art. For all of its excellence and consideration in design, the interior falls short of its surrounding beauty. So pour yourself a drink and enjoy one of Montana’s incredible sunsets over the Bighorn Mountains from our spacious deck or try your hand at fishing one of our two private, stocked ponds. The Bighorn River Lodge perfectly embodies the honest and welcoming attitude for which the west is known.

  • Open kitchen with flexible seating
  • Spacious south-facing deck overlooking the Bighorn Mountain Range
  • Great room with fireplace and poker table
  • Manicured landscaping with a walking trail around the property
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First Class Resort with Excellent Accommodations

lodge-verticalThe accommodations at the Bighorn River Lodge are a wealth of meticulously considered details working together to influence and enrich the totality of one’s lodge experience. With an emphasis on group dynamics the lodge specializes in parties numbering twelve or less (we can easily accommodate up to 16). From its open kitchen designed to facilitate interactions with the chef to its flexible harvest table seating that overlooks the Bighorn River, meal times are the place to celebrate the day’s adventures. The great room, with its custom wet bar, river stone fireplace, flat screen TV and poker table, makes the perfect place to relax and enjoy smaller group settings. Or soak up the last bit of evening in one of our custom barnwood rocking chairs. With 500-count linen sheets and private baths, our simple but comfortable bedrooms are the ideal way to end your day.

  • 5 bedrooms in the Main Lodge
  • 3 bedrooms in the Caddis Cabin
  • Two beds and a private bathroom per bedroom
  • Pro Shop that sells fly-fishing gear and souvenirs
  • State of the art conference room that can hold 24 participants

Western Hospitality

Whether you desire to share your passion for fly fishing with family, friends or corporate clients, the staff at the Bighorn River Lodge prides itself on catering to groups of all kinds. With comfortable accommodations, Western style amenities, gourmet cuisine, and professional guides, clients can be assured that all aspects of their trip will be handled with excellence. The Bighorn River Lodge’s experienced and on-site management and staff are dedicated to the art of hospitality and specialize in accommodating the needs of our guests.

 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 00:00

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Montana’s Best Fly Fishing Destination

fish horizontalMontana’s Bighorn River is considered by many to be the best blue ribbon trout fishery in the United States. With the completion of Yellowtail Dam in 1967, the Bighorn River has become a clear, cool tail-water hosting between 5,000-6,000 rainbow and brown trout per mile. The average trout caught on the Bighorn ranges from fourteen to twenty inches. With controlled water flows and over twenty-six miles of fishable river, guests are often surprised by the abundance and size of trout caught each day. Fly fishing the Bighorn River is a truly unforgettable experience.

  • 26+ miles of diverse waters and fish habitat
  • 5,000-6,000 strong and healthy trout per mile
  • controlled water flows through serene undeveloped agricultural valley

We are Only as Good as Our Guides

Bighorn River Lodge prides itself on proving our guests with the opportunity to be assisted by highly professional and seasoned guides. Not only is our lodge a top fishing destination, we attract some of the most talented guides in the industry. These men are devoted to their craft and typically spend over one hundred days on the river each year. Whether you are a beginner who is casting a fly rod for the first time or a world-travelled fly fisherman, our guides will adapt to your needs and requests to ensure your time on the water is the best Montana fly fishing experience possible. Our guides:

  • display excellent people skills with the ability to adapt to our client’s individual talent levels.
  • are extremely knowledgable of the fishery, averaging between ten and twenty years of experience and are gifted instructors.
  • take pride in their profession by being well organized, punctual and hard-working.
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Nymph, Dry Fly and Streamer Fishing

fish vertical2The Bighorn River is well known for both its great nymph fishing and its incredible seasonal hatches. Whether you are a dry-fly purist that enjoys the thrill of hooking a big fish out of an active pod of feeding heads or a greenhorn that is learning the art of “setting the hook” for the first time, opportunities abound. For those who enjoy the art of casting a fly rod, streamer fishing can be a highly interactive experience. As seasons and water flows vary, fish adapt to their changing food supply; it is our guides’ passion to adapt their techniques to these shifting patterns and your expectations.

  • highly consistent nymph fishing provides great opportunities for beginners
  • spectacular seasonal dry fly fishing
  • great late summer/early fall streamer and hopper fishing
  • trout display strong, aggressive, and diverse feeding tendencies

River Access and Fishing Opportunities

With limited access points and yet the freedom to walk the river bottom, the anglers at Bighorn River Lodge have the best of both worlds. We use drift boats to navigate and fish the river while allowing for the opportunity to stop and wade fish areas that have proven to hold a large number of feeding trout. The Bighorn River Lodge’s ideal location allows for angles to have maximum time on the river with your day concluding right at the Lodge itself.

  • easy access to the river with great wading opportunities
  • peaceful current allow for gentle drift-boat fishing
  • fisherman friendly to all levels of physical ability

Gear

Our small fly shop 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.

Friday, 05 May 2017 15:24

Fish

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Friday, 05 May 2017 15:23

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Friday, 05 May 2017 00:00

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Quality Ingredients Creatively Prepared by Expert Hands

eat horizontalAt the Bighorn River Lodge, the food is as memorable as the fishing. Our Executive Chef Shawn Smith and the culinary team prepare fresh and locally-grown produce (often from our garden) with the finest cuts of meat, poultry and fish to prepare a cuisine akin to any 5-star restaurant. Enjoy watching the artistry of our chef in the open gallery kitchen as he prepares your four-course meal. Be our guest and expect to be impressed.

Rise and Shine

Awaken to the smell of Montana roasted coffee brewing while bacon sizzles on the griddle. As your guide prepares the boat for your day on the river, sit down to enjoy a home-style breakfast of hearty fare such as:

  • Banana bread French toast, Montana huckleberry syrup, apple chicken sausage
  • Mexicana scrambled eggs, homemade cottage potatoes, Canadian bacon
  • Blueberry pancakes, Montana apple smoked bacon
  • Healthy options of steel-cut oats, fresh fruit and yogurt are always available.

 

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Boat Lunches as Enjoyable as the River Itself

Just ask any guide, the Bighorn River Lodge is known for having the best boat lunches on the river. No PB and J sandwiches here (unless requested, of course!). When lunchtime rolls around, your guide will find a quiet spot on the banks of the Bighorn River to eat. On warm days, meals may consist of deli-style sandwiches and side salads such as:

  • Turkey club and pasta salad or taco salad with chipotle ranch
  • Cubano and a Caesar salad or crispy fried chicken with potato salad
  • Pulled Pork (brined overnight and slow cooked in the smoker).
  • **All boat lunches are accompanied by a variety of chips, homemade cookies, snacks, cold water, and soft drinks.

When the weather turns cooler, enjoy hot soups all made from scratch in our kitchen, including:

  • minestrone, clam chowder, chili, cream of broccoli, or potato soup.

Swap Fishing Stories Over Courses of Culinary Artistry

eat verticalEvening is a time to unwind and kick back with your companions. Enjoy a cool drink on the spacious deck overlooking our eight-acre bass pond or savor a delicious appetizer while watching the chef put the final touches on his evening culinary creation. Appetizers may include:

  • Sliders with andouille sausage and pimento cheese
  • Pastrami spiced ribs
  • Grilled stuffed morels with short rib sugo
  • Steak tartare

Sit down for dinner at a harvest table overlooking the serene Bighorn River. The first course consists of a vegetable or salad dish with homemade dressing and fresh produce. Examples of our current entrée dishes include:

  • Bavette steak, duck fat potatoes, grilled ramps, and bordelaise mushroom
  • Fresh potato gnocchi, polpette, braised gem lettuces.
  • Nduja baked halibut, English peas, Bighorn mushrooms, smoked ramp vinaigrette
  • Korean BBQ guinea hen, celery root slaw, Chinese mustard
  • Pan seared Arctic Char, creamed corn, chanterelle mushrooms, salsa verde

And save room for dessert! Among our guests favorites are:

  • Salted caramel pot de crème, maple smoked crème fraiche and sea salt
  • Sticky date cake, dulce de leche, olive oil ice cream
  • Strawberry rhubarb galette, polenta crumble, lemon poppy ice cream

Your enjoyment is our top priority. Please inform us of any dietary needs you have and we will work to accommodate you!

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The Bighorn River Lodge provides the ultimate in Montana comfort as well as outdoor adventure. We specialize in creating the perfect fly fishing experience for our guests with expert Montana fly fishing guides, resort-like accommodations and gourmet cuisine. Guests may choose to stay in one of the 5 comfortable lodge bedrooms, fitted with two beds and Big Sky charm or rent our spacious private Caddis Cabin with its 3 bedrooms, accommodating up to 6 guests. With its log cabin atmosphere and western hospitality, the Bighorn River Lodge is the ideal Montana fishing destination.

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Unique only to the Bighorn River Lodge, we are located directly on the bank of the Bighorn River 13 miles downstream of Yellowtail Dam, allowing our guests their very own private river access. We pride ourselves on hiring friendly, local and knowledgeable Montana fly fishing guides who spend hundreds of days on the river each year refining their skills. As professional experts in the art of fly fishing, our guides can work with all levels of experience.  While changing seasons and water conditions vary, anglers can expect to have consistent nymphing opportunities with timely dry fly hatches. Streamer fishing is often available for those who want a bit more of an angling challenge.

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Montana’s Bighorn River Lodge has drawn avid fly fishing enthusiasts and sportsmen alike for decades. Known as the finest trout river in the country, the Bighorn River boasts an abundance of trout ranging in size from 14 to 18 inches, many exceeding 20 inches. Recent fish counts indicate an unsurpassed fish population of 5000 - 6000 brown and rainbow trout per river mile. The Bighorn River is situated on the eastern edge of the Rock Mountains just north of the Wyoming-Montana state line. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime Montana fly fishing vacation, this is your destination!

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