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Friday, 19 April 2013 11:06

Fly Fishing Classes

Greenhorn On the Bighorn Fishing Clinic
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!
Montana fly fishing is a sport filled with beauty. The graceful arc of the fly line, the gentle whisper of the cascading river, and the simple fact that trout live in some of the most beautiful areas of the world. For those that are interested in learning the art of fly fishing, the Bighorn River Lodge offers instructional classes. These classes have been developed for those that want to learn the basics as well as those who just want to brush up on their angling skills.
These classes are led by some of Montana’s best guides who are experts in casting, reading rivers and fly selection. You will learn the fundamentals that will turn your interest in fly fishing into a passion.
A typical three day course includes:
*Equipment Overview
*Basic Entomology
*Fly Selection
*Casting Technique
*Reading the Water
*Fly Presentation
*Line Management
*Knot Tying
Each clinic day starts with personalized instruction at the lodge and on our private fishing pond. After lunch, students head out on the Bighorn River with their guide to apply what they’ve learned. It’s a great way to “learn on the fly!”
Participants will receive a fly fishing handbook, basic fly fishing tool kit, three days of guided fishing, rental gear, meals, lodging and the building blocks for a lifetime of memories.
4 Nights/3 Day Fishing Package with Greenhorn Fly Fishing Clinic, $2,250.00 per person

Friday, 19 April 2013 10:58

Fly Fishing

fly-fishing-horizontalThe Bighorn River’s reputation as one of Montana’s best fly fishing destinations speaks for itself. With the completion of Yellowtail Dam in 1967, the Bighorn River has become a clear, cool tailwater hosting between 7000-8000 rainbow and brown trout per mile. The average trout caught on the Bighorn ranges in size from fourteen to twenty inches. Guests are often surprised by the abundance and size of trout caught each day. Without a doubt, fly fishing Montana’s Bighorn River is an unforgettable experience.

A typical day of Montana fly fishing might include nymphing, streamer fishing or dry fly fishing. As trout adapt to changing water conditions and aquatic insect life, fishing conditions vary. Your fishing guide will work with you to find the approach that fits your experience level and expectations. For more information on bug hatches, read this great article on Bighorn River Hatches. For current river flows, check out USGS Real-Time Water Date for Montana.

fly-fishing-verticalBighorn River Lodge prides itself on hiring local, knowledgeable Montana fly fishermen as guides. Our guides spend hundreds of days on the river each year and will be happy to assist you with all elements of technique. They guide many clients who are casting a fly rod for the first time as well as seasoned anglers who have fly fished their entire lives. These professionals are devoted to their craft and will do everything to ensure your time on the water is the best Montana fly fishing experience possible.

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.

Recommended gear:

  • * 8’ - 9’ rods at 4, 5, and 6 wt.
  • *Reels at least 75 yards of 10# - 20# backing
  • *Floating lines for dry fly and nymph fishing. Hi-density shooting heads, teeny liners and sink tip lines
  • *Neoprene waders and wading shoes with felt soles. Lighter weight waders are recommended in the summer.


home-horizontal OPTpngMontana’s Bighorn River Lodge has drawn avid fly fishing enthusiasts and sportsmen alike for decades. Known as a top fly fishing destination, the Bighorn River boasts an abundance of trout ranging in size from 15 to 19 inches, many exceeding 20 inches. Recent fish counts indicate an unsurpassed fish population of 7000 - 8000 brown and rainbow trout per river mile. The Bighorn River is situated just north of the Bighorn River Canyon which straddles the Wyoming-Montana state line. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime Montana fly fishing vacation, this is your destination!
Embracing this unique landscape, Bighorn River Lodge exists to provide the ultimate in Montana comfort as well as outdoor adventure.  We specialize in enhancing the experience of our guests with expert Montana fly fishing guides, resort-like accommodations and gourmet cuisine. Guests may choose to stay in one of our 5 bedrooms, fitted with two beds and Big Sky charm or rent our private Caddis Cabin which houses up to 5 guests. The Western style and rustic elegance of the lodge make it somewhere between a cabin atmosphere and executive Montana retreat.
home-vertical OPTUnique 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. Begin and end your day with four course culinary creations as prepared by our executive chef and staff.
In 2011 the Bighorn River Lodge reintroduced the tradition of Cast and Blast which specializes in waterfowl hunts. The fertile croplands bordering the temperate waters of the Bighorn River create amazing habitat ideal for migrating ducks and geese.  A world-class fishing destination mixed with Montana’s legendary wing shooting creates an unforgettable Western experience.

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