Fly Fisherman Magazine once described Bighorn River Lodge as “the best lodge on the best fly fishing river in the world.” This first class facility is located directly on the banks of the Bighorn, a clear, cool tailwater river that hosts thousands of rainbow and brown trout per mile. Here you can fish long days for large, wild trout – returning each evening to enjoy the comforts and amenities of the nicest lodge in the area. Under new ownership and management since 2008, the lodge features five private bedrooms, a common area with a river stone fireplace, a fully-stocked fly shop, and expansive decks to enjoy the Montana scenery during the summer months. First-class accommodations, great food, hard-working guides, and one of the most productive fisheries in the West make this a lodge you’ll want to return to.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, although there is a three night, two fishing day minimum stay during the summer and fall seasons. All trips are completely customized. Call Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Bighorn River LodgeBighorn River Lodge has the distinct pleasure of being recognized twice by Travel & Leisure and Departures Magazine as one of the top fishing and outdoor lodges in the west. The lodge itself is situated on the banks of the river, designed and built with the most discriminating angler in mind. The lodge is furnished with the finest and most comfortable furnishings, original pieces of wildlife art, a common area with a native stone fireplace, and expansive decks to enjoy the scenery during the summer months. On warmer days you can sit outside on the deck after a day of fishing and watch trout rising in the lodge’s private pond while you converse with friends about your day on the river. The interior of the lodge was designed for total privacy. The bedrooms are comfortably furnished, and each has its own private bathroom. There are no two rooms back to back, guaranteeing you a quite and restful sleep.

Food and Beverages

“Dinner is served!” No sweeter words could be uttered at the end of a day on the river. The dining room seats up to twenty, located directly off of our display kitchen. The dining room offers a variety of seating arrangements, spectacular art from renowned wildlife artists, and views of the river and surrounding wildlife. Bon appetit!

Fishing Information

Bighorn River RainbowThe most productive trout fishing waters of the Bighorn flow through the Crow Indian Reservation, an area approximately one hour south of Billings. In the 13-mile stretch below Yellowtail Dam, the river character is not unlike that of an enormous spring creek, with undulating weed beds, deep holes, undercut banks, and occasional riffles. The Bighorn is a veritable “insect producing machine,” keeping its resident browns and rainbows fat and happy twelve months a year. The primary hatches include caddis, tricos, pale morning duns, little yellow stoneflies, baetis, and midges. The hatches are not very diverse, but the ones that come off do so in impressive numbers. In fact, the midge hatches can be so prolific that fishing larger "cluster" patterns is a regular technique. Open hilly plains with scattered patches of trees make up the surroundings of this fabulous river. Gravel and grass islands are found throughout the river, and sandstone cliffs and groves of willows rise from the banks.

The river is home to large numbers of fat rainbows and brown trout. While the days of 8,000 fish per mile on the Bighorn may be gone, the size and the quality of the fish have never been better. Holding true to its reputation, the Bighorn River added two new records to its reputation in 2004. A 32 inch brown trout was caught and measured, tipping the scales at 15 pounds. Latter in the same year, a 32 inch, 15 pound rainbow was caught and released in the same section. To have two record fish caught in the same year speaks volumes for the rivers ability to produce large fish.

Boats and Equipment

The guides of Bighorn River Lodge all use top-of-the line drift boats to float and fish the river. The lodge has a complete selection of rental gear, as well as a fully stocked fly shop.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

The Car BankFor non-anglers, the short trip to the nearby Little Bighorn Battlefield is more than worth the effort. It’s a powerful feeling to walk along the chalky bluffs where Custer and his Seventh Cavalry engaged the Cheyenne and Sioux over one hundred years ago. This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. On June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors.

How To Get There

Airline access is to Billings, Montana, which has an all-weather international airport served by Northwest, Delta, United, Horizon and Big Sky airlines.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

A public airstrip also is available at Fort Smith for private aircraft. Rental cars from all major agencies are available at the Billings airport or, for a nominal fee, the lodge can arrange to pick you up at the airport and drop you off at the end of your stay.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All rates are per person, and based on double-occupancy. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. The Bighorn River Lodge also offers "cast and blast" packages. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
Peak Season - (May 1st - September 15th)
6 Night / 5 Fishing Days $2,995
5 Night / 4 Fishing Days $2,540
4 Night / 3 Fishing Days $1,975
3 Night / 2 Fishing Days $1,395
Shoulder Seasons (March 25th - April 30th and Sept. 16th - Oct. 31st)
6 Night / 5 Fishing Days $2,545
5 Night / 4 Fishing Days $2,159
4 Night / 3 Fishing Days $1,679
3 Night / 2 Fishing Days $1,185

** For single occupancy add $200 per guided fishing day **

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • All accommodations and meals at the lodge
  • All guided fishing and instruction, and flies

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Billings, Montana and/or Ft. Smith
  • Fishing license
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Equipment rental (the daily rate for a rod, reel, waders and boots is $45.00)

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Bighorn River Lodge is located on the Crow Indian Reservation, which is a “dry” (alcohol-free) reservation. Alcohol is not sold there, so anglers will need to bring any beer or alcohol that they desire

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