Eagle Nest Lodge, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Hardin, Montana.

Eagle Nest Lodge, MT


Eagle Nest Lodge - 2008 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year. Eagle Nest Lodge was built along the banks of the Bighorn River in 1985 and has been serving the most discerning clientele since. In 1986 it was chosen among the first group of lodges to receive an endorsement from the Orvis Company for fly-fishing excellence and won the coveted Fly-Fishing Lodge of the year in 2008.

Date Range

Fly Fishing: April 10 - November 20
Upland Bird Hunting: September 1 - November 20

What is Provided to Customer

Eagle Nest Lodge provides all Orvis equipment at no extra cost. We provide all your rods, reels, boots, flies and tackle. Want to try out the new Helios Rod? No problem, we have them!

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Bighorn River - We combine float fishing from McKenzie-style drift boats with traditional stalk and wade techniques.

Typical Weather by Season

Although, wait five minutes and it'll change, so no guarantees.

April: 40-65°
May: 45-70°
June: 55-75°
July: 70-85°
August: 65-80°
September 60-80°
October: 45-75°
November: 35-65°


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Eagle Nest Lodge early afternoon. If you have time, you can make in a trip over to the world famous Little Bighorn Battlefield to see where General George Armstrong Custer met his fate. Or if you'd like a fly-fishing lesson, just let us know and we'll have casting clinics. That evening you'll join us for dinner, drinks, and fish stories!

Day 2, 3, and 4: After a made to order breakfast each morning, you'll meet your guide and fish for three days. You'll enjoy a great shore lunch with your guide and head back for more food, drinks, and fish stories!


On-site Activities

Casting clinic, horseshoe, bean bag toss, sporting clays, hot tub.

Off-site Activities

Little Bighorn Battlefield, site seeing.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Our guests rooms are appointed with two beds, a full private bath, and is decorated with an artistic touch of the Montana outdoors. The large screened porch, complete with log furniture and an old-time swing, provides a quiet evening retreat where guests can unwind from the aggravations of the "real world." Eagle Nest has always presented an atmosphere that encourages relaxation and camaraderie.

Dining at Eagle Nest has always been a prominent element of every guest's stay. Our dining room is a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere that fosters an air of fellowship among people who share common interests. Our most commonly asked question from returning guests is: "Is your Chef still there?" “Yes, Sherri our Chef has been with us since June of 2002. Need we say more! The food is incredible!”


Species You Fish for by Season

The Bighorn River is teaming with rainbow and brown trout. The Bighorn River provides excellent fishing from April through November. As a tailwater fishery heavy run-off is never a problem, making it one of the few fisheries where fishing is as good in April and May as it is during summer and fall. The Bighorn averages between 4,000 - 6,000 trout per mile.

A general description on hatches: Of course, never guaranteed!

April: Baetis starting. Usually great dry fly fishing.

May: Beaetis is in full swing, possibly some midges around. This typically is the best all around month for dry flies and nymphing.

June: This is the best month for nymph fisherman. Beginner's Month!

July: PMD's and yellow Sallies. Hoppers at the end of the month. Sally's can be great this time of year. Good month for novice and advanced anglers.

August: Tricos usually here and some Black Caddis. Sometimes some Sally's. HOPPERS. Great time for novice and advanced anglers.

September: Tricos and Caddis.

October: Some fall Baettis and some tricos. Streamer fishing.

November: Streamers and nymphs. Brown's are spawning and are beautiful.


What Should Customers Bring?

Eagle Nest Lodge provides each customer with a pre-arrival package prior to their arrival. The list includes things to bring, things to wear, etc.


Eagle Nest Lodge Rates

  Fly Fishing Bird Hunting Combination
2 days, 3 nights $1,800 $3,000 Please call
3 days, 4 nights $2,300 $3,900 $3,300
4 days, 5 nights $2,700 $4,800 $4,100
5 days, 6 nights $3,100 Please call $4,900


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What airport do we fly into?
A. Billings, MT. We are a 45 minute drive from the airport

Q. Do you provide equipment?
A. Yes, at no extra cost. We provide all rods, reels, waders, boots, flies, and tackle.

Q. Do you provide alcohol?
A. No, we are located the Crow Reservation. The reservation is a dry reservation, therefore it is illegal for us to provide. However, you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Q. How are you with beginner fisherman?
A. We have lots of beginner fisherman and our guides are fantastic. The majority of our guides and staff have been with us for over 14 years. They are great with beginners and advanced fisherman alike.

Q. What sections of the river do you float?
A. That would depend on the condition of the water and hatches. Our typical float is anywhere from 10 - 13 miles per day. During summer and fall months we fish the lower Bighorn River which is virtually deserted and provides some of the best hopper and streamer fishing on the Bighorn. And almost always the biggest fish!

Q. Do you have cell service and Wifi?
A. YES. We have great cell coverage and Wifi (Sorry, no cell coverage on the river though).

Q. How are the mosquitoes in the summer?
A. We spray for mosquitoes so usually not an issue here at the lodge. Typically they won't bother you on the water.

Q. Why should I book at Eagle Nest Lodge?
A. There are great choices along the Bighorn River. However, we believe we offer a unique experience which is why we have been so successful with our repeat guests. The majority of our staff and guides have been with us for over 10 years. We encourage our guides and staff to get to know our guests. You're more than welcome to come into the kitchen to talk to Sherri, our chef and check out what's for dinner. Our guides enjoy coming back to the lodge after a day of fishing and spending time with guests on the back patio. John and Rebecca enjoy appetizers and dinner with you in the evening. We strive for great service and hospitality. Sure there is great fishing on the Bighorn, but it's the whole package that brings you back. We hope to see you here on the Horn!


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 141 reviews


141 of 141 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Unique experience - 9/19/2014
    By: from Poughkeepsie, NY

    Third time at Eagles Nest Lodge. Accommodations and food are beyond excellent. John and Rebecca cater to your every need. The guides are exceptional and a bonus is not needing to bring your own gear. A perfect experience whatever the weather.

  • 5/5

    Great Montana experience - 9/18/2014
    By: from New York

    This was my first trip to Montana and the Eagle's Nest Lodge was an exceptional home away from home. The hospitality is incredible, and John and Rebecca go out of their way to ensure a great customer experience. It was hard to leave Hardin!

  • 5/5

    Always great - 9/6/2014
    By: from Hardin, MT 59034, USA

    Great lodge. John and Becca are terrific. Great fishing and food. Even in cold and windy weather we caught a lot of fish. The guides are very good and fun to be with.

  • 5/5

    Great Times!! - 8/25/2014
    By: from Lancaster, PA, USA

    First time at Eagles Nest Lodge with my father and brothers. John and Rebecca were accommodating and gracious beyond our expectations!! Fishing the Big Horn was awesome experience with the knowledgeable guides. The food, I mean cuisine, was top shelf with rack of lamb and beef tenderloin. Made to order breakfast every morning. The lamb sliders served as an appetizer one evening will be remembered! Best lodging and fly fishing experience you will ever encounter!!!

  • 5/5

    Wonderful place - 8/20/2014

    We just can't get enough of Eagles Nest Lodge. This is our 12 year with Rebecca and John and I don't see how they can do it. The lodge food is to die for. The service and cleanliness could not be better. Once again even when fishing conditions are tough we caught plenty of nice fish. We will be back again next year

  • 5/5

    Always the best - 8/20/2014
    By: from Fresno, CA, USA

    John and Rebecca set the tone for the entire staff. Warm, friendly, competent, and willing to do anything to make your trip exceptional. This my 12th year in a row at Eagle Nest. My second trip this year. Needles to say I enjoy it.

  • 5/5

    Another great trip - 8/20/2014
    By: from Eagle Nest Lodge MT Best Ever

    My first fly-fishing experience was at Eagle Nest Lodge in 2000. I have now had 17 trips, and I"m often asked why. The Big Horn is 18 miles of great water that can be fished while wading as well as floating. The Big Horn trout are strong regardless of their size and iffer a good fight especially in fast water. John and Rebecca Shirley are the hosts at Eagle Nest and with Sherry the chef and the guides do all they can to make your stay a great experience.

  • 5/5

    Fantastic - 8/20/2014
    By: from Memphis, TN, USA

    Never been fly fishing before and did research on States to go and places to stay. Got Eagle Nest Lodge as a suggestion and did our review and booked our first ever fly fishing trip. There was nothing they missed. When our ride drove up Rebecca and John were the first out the door greeting us!Grabbed our bag and quickly made us feel at home. John gave us a quick lesson in casting with flies. Our first trip was super. Father and son had a blast not to mention the great food. Sherri added 5 pounds in just 4 days! We enjoyed it so much we booked again and finished our second trip just last week. YOU could not ask for a better experience from the Guides to food and accommodations. Book it and enjoy it!

  • 5/5

    great trip - 8/19/2014
    By: from Billings, MT, USA

  • 5/5

    2nd year - 8/18/2014
    By: from Washington, DC, USA

    We (12 of us) spent several days in June at the Lodge. Our 2nd year. Everything about the lodge is truly 1st class - fishing, the guides, the rooms and the meals. John and Rebecca are the perfects hosts. I really can not say enough good things about the Lodge and our wonderful experiences there. We will be back.

Eagle Nest Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
John & Rebecca Shirley
3100 Eagle Nest Road
Hardin, MT 59034

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