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Sunday, 06 September 2015 19:00

Bighorn River Massive Trico Hatch!

The Trico’s have been coming on now for a couple of weeks, but this week the hatch was incredible.  The hatch has been starting around 6:00 am and if you can get on the river early you will see huge columns of Tricos funneling up from the river with the rising sun silhouetting them in the background.  What a sight!


While the hatch has been over by around 10:00, for a couple of days it lasted until noon.  There are numerous spots where there will be literally hundreds of fish feeding.  Once the spinners hit the water the entire flat is covered with fish heads devouring the spent duns.  If you have the right patterns for the duns, emergers, and spinners it is not uncommon to net over 30 fish on dries.


I was fortunate enough to fish with the owner one day last week and we figure we had over 70 fish netted by 12:00.  Forget about those we lost.  Look at the beautiful 19” Rainbow and Brown we landed as a double.

Here is the good news.  I have talked to several guides who think the Trico hatch could last well into October.  If you love fishing for dries and can carve out a few days to get here I would highly recommend you try.  This is as good as dry fly fishing gets.  Give us a call and get an update at any time but as always it is best to strike while the iron is hot.  See you on the river!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:29

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:38

The Bighorn River Lodge

Monday, 12 August 2013 09:37

Cast and Blast

cast&blast-horizontal Located on the western edge of the central flyway, the Bighorn River Lodge is host to some of the world's finest wing shooting opportunities. The river's temperate waters and the valley's fertile crop lands combine to make ideal habitat for not only aquatic life but also for migratory wildlife. Legendary fishing amidst abundant water fowl allows the Bighorn River Lodge to recapture the tradition of "Cast and Blast." This is Montana hunting at its finest.

The Bighorn River Lodge is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains amongst some of Montana's most fertile agricultural land. Crops such as sugar beets, alfalfa, and cereal grains make this the ideal location for staging waterfowl. As a tailwater the Bighorn River remains a constant temperature well above freezing, providing plenty of winter roosting habitat for migratory birds and of course world class trout fishing. With this abundance of food and constant open water comes hundreds of thousands of waterfowl including mallards, widgeons, green wing teal, wood ducks, gadwall, pintail, multiple species of diver ducks, and Canadian geese.

cast&blast-vertical Preserved from the encroachment of modernization this valley provides a rare opportunity to experience a traditional style of "cast and blast". Our guides at the Bighorn River Lodge have a deep understanding and appreciation for this diverse ecosystem and timeless sport. Beautiful scenery, competent outdoorsmen, exceptional lodging, and gourmet meals combine to make this an unforgettable experience.


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From Address:

Bighorn River Lodge
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 157, St Xavier, MT 59075

Physical Address:
301 Bighorn River Lodge Loop
St. Xavier, MT 59075

Local Telephone
406 666 2368

Fax Number
406 666 9109



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